Today’s energy challenges call for smarter and more energy efficient cities focusing on sustainable resource utilisation. Intelligent cooling solutions plays a key role in this development.
Billing and beyond
Until now, the primary driver for metering has been the need for utilities to bill end users for their energy consumption. This need is often met using basic walk-by or drive-by remote reading solutions that allow utilities to go out and collect data without having to disturb the end users. However, meter data can be used much more proactively. With the strong focus on the added value frequent data can provide, fully automatic network solutions are becoming more common and are now available at a reasonable cost. Smart energy meters give cooling utilities a detailed overview of the actual state of the distribution network by providing precise information about flow and temperatures, which can be combined with additional measurements, such as pressure, in strategically important parts of the network. This allows utilities to start working specifically on addressing the installations that place the most strain on the network – due to, for example, high return temperatures or high average volume – thereby generating significant energy savings for them and their customers.
The prerequisite for high energy efficiency is transparency. Without frequent meter data, district cooling utilities lack knowledge of where and how improvements can be made – and they are unable to evaluate the effect of their actions.