UK cogeneration company ENER-G invested $1.69 million for a combined heat and power (CHP) remote monitoring and control system and energy management system. The new technology, called E-Power, will optimize performance of both the CHP system and the wider energy plant within a building.
Traditionally, CHP systems operate independently of a building’s energy controls or metering. E-Power is designed to enhance the value of the CHP system through closer integration with the wider building, including:
-Dedicated boiler optimization algorithm, ensuring best balance between CHP and boiler operation.
-Dedicated CHP thermal store control ability.
-Ability to interface CHP with existing and future plant.
-Data collection from an extensive set of energy meters including direct MBus connection and BACNet to capture energy information on the full building, not just the CHP meters.
-Always-on connection and visibility of whole site energy performance – through the E-Vision cloud-based web portal.
E-Power is built into ENER-G’s CHP units and monitors and controls more than 200 parameters on each CHP unit. This improves engine control by monitoring ignition energy levels, knock levels and spark advance. It also enhances synchronizing routines and power control, says the company.