Micronics Clamp-On water meters for University
UL2000 Clamp-On Ultrasonic flow meters
Micronics Heat Meters utilising UL2000 Clamp-On Ultrasonic flow meters have been installed at the University of Manchester as part of an ongoing energy management programme.
The Energy Management and Building Services team installed 15 of the Micronics Heat Meters.
The university's heating requirement including LTHW and MTHW is supplied from shared Energy Centres and distributed via a steel pipe network, ranging in size from 200 to 300mm.
The campus is monitored and managed by Energy Cost Centres with Display Energy Certificates required for all areas >1000 M 2.
The University has to account for 90 per cent of the energy flow from the Energy Centres.
The installation of Heat Meters in an existing distribution network of 200 to 300mm pipe work would be a major task using in-line meters.
Chris Cunningham, Assistant Mechanical and Energy Engineer specified Clamp-On, Ultrasonic flow measurement, he said: 'Clamp-On, ultrasonic flow measurement was the most cost effective and least disruptive solution for measuring flow in our distribution network'.
'In-line meters would have been more expensive and very disruptive requiring system drain-down and cutting pipe work'.
The meters provide half hour consumption data, which is supplied for analysis via the University's data-concentrators and campus Ethernet network, providing energy consumption data for 24hr Laboratories, Conference and Teaching blocks.
Micronics was selected as the supplier due to the University's previous experience using the Micronics Portaflo, portable ultrasonic, Clamp-on flow meter.
The project has been a success and there are future plans to use the same technology on the University's Chilled Water circuits.
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