Imperial War Museums

Micronics Clamp-on Flow Meter monitors hot water usage in major London museum for a decade

Imperial War Museums is a multi-branch national museum founded in 1917 to record the story of the Great War and the contributions made to it by the peoples of the Empire. IWM Duxford, a branch of IWM is Britain’s largest aviation museum. The site was originally designed as a Training Depot Station and construction started on 15 October 1917. The buildings have been adapted from their original use and in 2004 work to convert the Armoury into a Visitor Centre and Café was completed. The wet heating system for the café was integral to the Visitor Centre. The Facilities Management team at the site use a Micronics clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter to monitor the energy use by the Café. The partner is charged for energy usage and Malcolm Price, the Facilities Manager was keen to establish the relative usage to ensure that the charges were apportioned accurately. The museum is committed to sustainability, reduced energy use and effectiveness and energy costs are a major part of the museum running costs, and measuring and monitoring use is a vital tool in achieving this. Malcolm Price saw the Micronics stand at an energy event and was impressed by the simple but seemingly reliable technology.

The Micronics flow meter was chosen because it offered a non-invasive, quick and reliable flow measurement solution. With its easy to follow menu and simple set up it proved to be a cost-effective alternative to a traditional in-line meter installation. No installation drain down or pipe cutting was required and in addition dry servicing is possible so that downtime is kept to a minimum, absolutely vital in a building which is open to the public throughout the year.

Malcolm Price has total confidence in the Micronics product born of many years of experience. “It is crucial to have the ability to monitor the flow in the site. The unit has worked extremely well for 10 years and is still producing the data we require. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to accurately establish the amount of energy being used. This is particularly important in public buildings like the IWM where there is a statutory requirement to be as efficient as possible.”

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