What are the drivers for optimising your heat network?

Networked heating can reduce energy costs for users and service providers and helps to mitigate fuel poverty. More efficient heating networks can also significantly reduce the carbon footprint of urban centres. However, potential for inefficiency is inherent at multiple points in every heat network, and safeguards to prevent sub-optimal operation are recommended.

eWatch heat service is part of an integrated solution to optimise the efficiency of heat networks and reap maximum benefit for all.
With the pragmatic application of technology, eWatch Heat Service simplifies the task and helps lower the cost of delivering efficient, low-carbon heating to all those connected to your network.

Government regulations and funding* support the establishment and maintenance of heat networks that optimise energy use and serve customers.
eWatch heat service makes compliance with government legislation easy and helps you achieve Competition and Market Authority recommendations.

eWatch Performance Management for Heat Networks

YGHP Heat Interface Unit Commissioning

It is essential that guidelines during commissioning are easy to follow and prevent inappropriate flow rates within properties that lead to high return temperatures and supply interruptions.

Balanced Radiators

Optimising efficiency rests on the premise that multiple tertiary networks are being operated appropriately. Customers need to be well-informed about how to maintain appropriately balanced radiators in their premise.

Bypasses In The Network

Bypass valves help meet the demand, whilst keeping the whole network at minimum temperature levels, but sometimes they are the source of inappropriate flow rates that cause significant inefficiencies.

Well-Designed Networks

Appropriately sized pipes and pumps, running at capacity, along with adequate insulation and control are critical. Networks lacking this focus have observed heat losses of 50% (and higher).

For optimal efficiency, we need to achieve the maximum temperature difference between heat supplied to each household and the return temperatures (ΔT or Delta T)

  • Inefficient heat networks are typified by high return temperatures to the energy centre.
  • If hot water comes back to the energy centre only 1-2 C cooler, energy is being wasted producing and pumping it.

Design, Install and Commission Appropriately 

Measure and Review Performance Data

Service and Maintain Proactively

Using remote technology and data analysis, the solution gives service providers peace of mind that all their customers are being served and government regulations* whilst lowering their operating and maintenance costs:

Design, install and commission appropriately:

By following a series of simple steps, all properties can be verified to the same standard; commissioning and verification reports confirm each property is connected appropriately.

Measure and review performance:

by monitoring individual HIUs, risers and plant rooms regularly, the solution highlights any persistent efficiencies

Act on the data and address inefficiencies proactively:

with a suitably scoped service and maintenance regime, performance can be maximised, whilst operating costs can be lowered.

eWatch Heat service captures and analyses data to generate graphical reports about individual HIUs and overall network performance. Poorly performing properties that need attention are identified easily.

The service considers three key aspects:

• Verification of appropriate commission

• Monitoring on-going performance

• Improving through proactive service and maintenance

Ongoing monitoring of the network and follow-up action as required, helps keep costs low for both operator and resident, and ensures reliable, adequate heat supply reaches all those connected, including tenants vulnerable to fuel poverty.

Key Features:

  • Mobile app to guide engineers with onsite verification
  • Asset register verification reports
  • Properties passed or failed based on design parameters
  • Energy centre proving period, post verification
  • Multi-site performance dashboards
  • Benchmarking between sites.
  • Carbon emission reports.

User-friendly app verifies network system performance. With automated collection of designed parameters, each property within a network can be verified by following a series of simple steps.
Comprehensive reports ensure conformance to heat network regulations, and that the proving period is carried out under controlled conditions.

Benefits:

  •  Onsite verification ensures commissioning is carried out correctly.
  •  Comprehensive reports provides evidence of correct verification and avoids the need for a commissioning verification expert to perform acceptance testing   during handover from contractors.
  •  Design specifications delivered or improved upon.
  •  Avoids high heat-loss due to poorly commissioned network.
  •  Remote assurance of adequate heating and hot water.
  •  Useful tool for Housing Associations, property developers and consultants for data analysis, to target future improvements.
  •  Better visibility of demand supports consistent provision of heat and hot water.
  • Using precise performance data and setting-fairer tariffs supports savings for consumers.
  • Better visibility of cost for maintaining similar sites.
  •  Provides quality data for business reporting.

What are the drivers for optimising your heat network?

Networked heating can reduce energy costs for users and service providers and helps to mitigate fuel poverty. More efficient heating networks can also significantly reduce the carbon footprint of urban centres. However, potential for inefficiency is inherent at multiple points in every heat network, and safeguards to prevent sub-optimal operation are recommended.

eWatch heat service is part of an integrated solution to optimise the efficiency of heat networks and reap maximum benefit for all.
With the pragmatic application of technology, eWatch Heat Service simplifies the task and helps lower the cost of delivering efficient, low-carbon heating to all those connected to your network.

Government regulations and funding* support the establishment and maintenance of heat networks that optimise energy use and serve customers.
eWatch heat service makes compliance with government legislation easy and helps you achieve Competition and Market Authority recommendations.

eWatch Performance Management for Heat Networks

YGHP Heat Interface Unit Commissioning

It is essential that guidelines during commissioning are easy to follow and prevent inappropriate flow rates within properties that lead to high return temperatures and supply interruptions.

Balanced Radiators

Optimising efficiency rests on the premise that multiple tertiary networks are being operated appropriately. Customers need to be well-informed about how to maintain appropriately balanced radiators in their premise.

Bypasses In The Network

Bypass valves help meet the demand, whilst keeping the whole network at minimum temperature levels, but sometimes they are the source of inappropriate flow rates that cause significant inefficiencies.

Well-Designed Networks

Appropriately sized pipes and pumps, running at capacity, along with adequate insulation and control are critical. Networks lacking this focus have observed heat losses of 50% (and higher).

For optimal efficiency, we need to achieve the maximum temperature difference between heat supplied to each household and the return temperatures (ΔT or Delta T)

  • Inefficient heat networks are typified by high return temperatures to the energy centre.
  • If hot water comes back to the energy centre only 1-2 C cooler, energy is being wasted producing and pumping it.

Design, Install and Commission Appropriately 

Measure and Review Performance Data

Service and Maintain Proactively

Using remote technology and data analysis, the solution gives service providers peace of mind that all their customers are being served and government regulations* whilst lowering their operating and maintenance costs:

Design, install and commission appropriately:

By following a series of simple steps, all properties can be verified to the same standard; commissioning and verification reports confirm each property is connected appropriately.

Measure and review performance:

by monitoring individual HIUs, risers and plant rooms regularly, the solution highlights any persistent efficiencies

Act on the data and address inefficiencies proactively:

with a suitably scoped service and maintenance regime, performance can be maximised, whilst operating costs can be lowered.

eWatch Heat service captures and analyses data to generate graphical reports about individual HIUs and overall network performance. Poorly performing properties that need attention are identified easily.

The service considers three key aspects:

• Verification of appropriate commission

• Monitoring on-going performance

• Improving through proactive service and maintenance

Ongoing monitoring of the network and follow-up action as required, helps keep costs low for both operator and resident, and ensures reliable, adequate heat supply reaches all those connected, including tenants vulnerable to fuel poverty.

Key Features:

  • Mobile app to guide engineers with onsite verification
  • Asset register verification reports
  • Properties passed or failed based on design parameters
  • Energy centre proving period, post verification
  • Multi-site performance dashboards
  • Benchmarking between sites.
  • Carbon emission reports.

User-friendly app verifies network system performance. With automated collection of designed parameters, each property within a network can be verified by following a series of simple steps.
Comprehensive reports ensure conformance to heat network regulations, and that the proving period is carried out under controlled conditions.

Benefits:

  •  Onsite verification ensures commissioning is carried out correctly.
  •  Comprehensive reports provides evidence of correct verification and avoids the need for a commissioning verification expert to perform acceptance testing   during handover from contractors.
  •  Design specifications delivered or improved upon.
  •  Avoids high heat-loss due to poorly commissioned network.
  •  Remote assurance of adequate heating and hot water.
  •  Useful tool for Housing Associations, property developers and consultants for data analysis, to target future improvements.
  •  Better visibility of demand supports consistent provision of heat and hot water.
  • Using precise performance data and setting-fairer tariffs supports savings for consumers.
  • Better visibility of cost for maintaining similar sites.
  •  Provides quality data for business reporting.