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CP298  Controlling Energy Costs using Non-intrusive Monitoring Asset Management
The increasing price of energy shows no sign of abating and water companies are seeing electricity costs soar. Controlling these costs requires much greater efforts than before. Most easy wins are gone and now the hard slog of evaluating energy use motor-by-motor is underway. Doing this cheaply and easily will become paramount and having a method to determine the power use of each installed device over its operating life is going to be vital.

Identiflowâ was developed by WRc to identify the micro-components of domestic water use by pattern recognition in the read-out signals from meters. An established technology, water management policies are being developed from its results.

This project used the Identiflowâ approach and experience to determine electrical device operation and energy consumption at water and wastewater sites. Working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other algorithm developers, the very latest and most up-to-date information was be used and a number of algorithms that allow non-intrusive monitoring to be carried out have been identified.

Benefits to Clients

  • Inexpensive non-intrusive method to determine power consumption on site device by device - accumulating the knowledge required to aggressively cut costs without compromising service levels.
  • Cost justification to reduce energy costs by device modification, control or replacement.
  • A path to implement the technology to realise those savings.
  • Description of the best available software and methods to monitor power consumption at a multi user site.
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