On Episode 405 of ControlTalk Now, the HVAC and Smart Building Controls video cast and podcast my guests included two AI’s.
One of the questions I asked them, but did not add to the show was, “How would Elon Musk create a smart buildings controls company. Here is what they had to say.
If Elon Musk were to start a company in smart building controls today, here are a few strategies he could use to dominate the industry:
Focus on innovation: Elon Musk is known for his innovative and futuristic ideas. He could leverage this reputation to develop cutting-edge smart building controls that incorporate the latest technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Integration with renewable energy sources: Elon Musk has a strong background in sustainable energy, having founded Tesla and SolarCity. He could leverage this expertise to create smart building controls that integrate with renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to make buildings more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Seamless user experience: Elon Musk could prioritize creating a seamless and user-friendly experience for customers, making it easy for them to control and monitor their building’s energy usage and environmental conditions. This could include intuitive interfaces, voice-activated controls, and automated systems that learn from users’ behavior over time.
Partnerships with established players: Rather than trying to compete with established players in the industry, Elon Musk could form strategic partnerships with them. For example, he could partner with companies that provide building automation systems, such as Schneider Electric or Siemens, to integrate his smart building controls with their existing infrastructure.
Branding and marketing: Elon Musk is a master at generating buzz and creating a strong brand identity. He could use his marketing prowess to create a strong brand for his smart building controls company, building excitement around the company’s products and generating interest from potential customers.
What do you think? If Elon did come into the smart buildings controls space would he be successful? let me know in comments.
Elon Musk Innovation and Development.
Quote: “If it needs a manual it’s already broke.” Elon Musk
Quote: “Keep it simple stupid.: My Dad
Quote: “Money Matters!” Everybody
HVAC It’s simple. We have the technology we just have to use it.
1. Identify the HVAC problem.
2. Develop a solution.
3. Cost justified for the owner to purchase.
Identify the problem and/or energy loss with simple AI software and sensors. (ecWizard-E100)
Create/design a solution. Not so simple. If the solution is too expensive “Money Matters!” It won’t happen.
If you have an economical solution. How do you convince the owner that it will provide a reasonable return on investment? “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” GSA
The missing sensor that the industry needs to make intelligent money decisions is amperage. If you don’t know what you’re currently spending the ROI is an estimation or guessing. (ecWizard-E100)
The industry has an excellent opportunity to diagnose problems and energy waste economically. AI software and sensors. (ecWizard-E100) I was quoted by one of the developers that the ecWizard E100 would cost $12.50 to manufacture in 10,000 units per run. With sensors $15.50.
In high volumes, we could sell the ecWizard-E100 for $20 per unit. (Plus SaaS) There’s no reason why this would not be in every package AC unit in the US and the world. Variations of the ecWizard E100 would work in large mechanical systems. (Government incentives)
It would create thousands/millions of jobs for HVAC repairs and high-efficiency upgrades.
Diagnose problems and identify the exact added energy $ costs.
Efficient HVAC systems would reduce US energy costs by 15 to 20%.
Reduce the strain on the grid and provide duty cycling by temperature instead of shutting off the AC unit.
Identify fresh air economizers to dilute the viruses for our students.
Our CEO is willing to match any investment money. But she wants someone in the HVAC industry to be the co-investors.