MELCloud Commercial launched


08 May 2024

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new control platform designed to provide more monitoring and reporting, deliver an increased amount of immediately accessible data, and enhance overall functionality to building operators and facilities managers. The new tool also supports the configuration, monitoring and pre-emptive maintenance of HVAC systems.

MELCloud Commercial is an IoT (Internet of Things) platform that collects data and sends signals to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and allows these systems to be operated and monitored remotely from mobile devices, anywhere in the world. 

The platform has been designed for commercial installations, such as those used in offices, hospitals, shops and hotels, where cooling, heating and ventilation are all essential.

“There is a big focus on decarbonising buildings, but you can’t reduce what you don’t measure,” explains Manohar Lal, Product Manager for Controls and Innovation. “Our new platform will improve and simplify building management for any organisation.” 

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings are changing and are predicted to move quickly from the current minimum EPC rating of ‘E’ to a ‘B’ rating by 2030.

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“Around 85% of the 1.75 million commercial buildings in the UK are currently below a ‘B’ rating so there are a lot of properties in danger of being left behind,” added Manohar Lal.

Mitsubishi Electric says it has undergone extensive field trials of MELCloud Commercial, with corporate customers throughout Europe and the UK, to build a system that has moved it from an onsite diagnostic tool to a cloud-based ecosystem.

“With feedback from our trial customers, we’ve built a solution that optimises occupant comfort, increases energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, and streamlines service and maintenance operations,” adds Graham Jones - National Service Manager. 

HVAC systems account for around 25% of the carbon footprint of our built environment with much of this coming from heating, cooling, powering and operating these buildings. Finding ways to understand where and how energy is being used is therefore key to being able to control and reduce carbon emissions.

MELCloud Commercial allows building operators to remotely manage, monitor and control HVAC systems in multiple buildings from one central location. The control and monitor function can show an entire estate or an individual room, delivering dynamic, real-time information on the systems and their performance.