Micronics heatmeter used to help reduce energy usage in swimming pools and leisure centres
An East Sussex-based company which has operated in the renewable industry for over 16 years uses a Micronics U1000 heatmeter to measure the heat used by swimming pools and leisure centres. dh Solar Engineering are passionate about clean energy technologies and searched the internet for a heatmeter because Max Machin and Daniel Holloway, Directors, wanted to find ways to help their clients reduce energy usage and find alternatives to gas. “We believe that clean and locally produced energy is necessary for us to live in harmony with our planet. Swimming pools are great to heat with solar as the efficiency at low temperatures is very high therefore the Micronics unit was ideal as it offers a quick flow measurement solution. We found other heat meter suppliers but Micronics represented the best value for money so we chose the U1000. We had a few issues with it which they resolved. It will be Spring 2019 before we can assess the results with a high degree of accuracy.”
Installation of the ultrasonic, clamp-on thermal heat/energy meter is very quick because it is non-invasive, meaning that there is no need to cut into pipes, vital for operations that cater for the public and are open frequently. It uses ultrasound to measure flow rate and PT100 temperature sensors which deliver higher accuracy and repeatability, to measure flow and return temperatures. Furthermore, the system does not need to be drained down and there is only minimal configuration on-site because it is designed specifically for pipe size. The easy to follow menu makes it a very cost-effective alternative to traditional in-line meters. Another advantage, particularly for pools and leisure centres which are open to the public is that downtime is kept to a very manageable level because servicing can be carried out dry. It is ideal for energy management and billing applications in domestic and commercial systems as well as district or shared heating or cooling systems.