Monitoring includes (a) Heat Network performance (b) indoor conditions and (c) outdoor conditions.
(a) Using ultrasonic flow meters we are able to measure flows and temperatures in the heat network to monitor delivered heat and efficiency of the system without disrupting water circulation.
(b) Indoor variables monitored include temperature and relative humidity in bedrooms and lounges, radiator usage and window opening behaviour. Additionally, thermal comfort surveys are performed to residents.
(c) Weather stations are installed in each site recording: Temperature, Relative Humidity, Dew Point, Solar Irradiation, Wind Speed and Direction.
The data collected through these sensors will contribute to evaluating the characteristics of the systems operation and their efficiency. Monitoring will take place before and after the deployment of the technologies to evaluate their impact.