New opportunities with network meter reading
Løkken Fjernvarme read the previous meters via drive-by, but they saw clear advantages in closer monitoring of the consumption. According to the Operations Manager, things therefore moved quickly after the utility was introduced to Heat Intelligence at a conference in 2019. ‘We chose Kamstrup due to Heat Intelligence and because the entire solution would then come from the same supplier, which specialised in meter data and the analysis of that data.’
Approximately every fourth home in the supply area is a holiday home, and this proportion is on the rise. This imposes special requirements on keeping the pipes warm, compared to all-year houses with a constant base load. In addition, the rental homes impose greater requirements for usable meter readings because a long time can pass before potential damage is discovered. ‘You’ll quickly notice damage in your home, but in a holiday home, they’ll call in March and say that something has been wrong since October. That’s one reason we chose network meter reading, so as to get data we can act on quickly,’ says Claus Christensen.
In November 2020, he therefore started learning to use Heat Intelligence. ‘Training is great, but I prefer to be hands on and learn it myself. It’s been a steep learning curve, but the quick results come when you take ownership of your own solution – and that’s the best advice I can offer others.’
The Operations Manager is very happy with the collaboration with Kamstrup throughout the process. ‘We only managed one physical meeting before Corona, so the rest has been virtual, but it’s been going very well. There are always some minor issues when you start something new, but they responded almost instantly.’