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Deployment activities at PERFORMER pilot sites

Deployment activities at PERFORMER pilot sites

Over the last 18 months PERFORMER partners have been working steadily on configuration, installation and testing of the monitoring system in the project’s four Pilot Site buildings in France, Poland, Spain and the UK. The monitoring systems at each site consist of both existing equipment already used for the normal control of the sites and additional hardware needed to fill gaps in existing sensor systems. The systems at each site that will enable the deployment of the PERFORMER solution are described in more detail below.

PERFORMER solution scheme

Baltic Plaza Spa Hotel, Kolobrzeg, Poland

Existing equipment that was used at the Polish Pilot site includes:

  • BMS connected fan coil controllers providing actual and set point temperatures in all apartments
  • Contact sensors on apartment windows and balcony doors to detect whether or not these are open
  • SMOK Boiler Management module providing information on various heating system flow temperatures, boiler firing times and external temperature

Additional equipment that was installed is as follows:

  • Electricity meters to measure energy use in apartments and electrical loads such as chillers, air handling units and kitchen areas
  • Pulse counters for existing gas meters and some existing apartment electricity meters
  • Heat meters to measure heat delivery to ventilation units, the spa pool, jacuzzi and domestic hot water from centralised boiler plantroom
  • Saia Burgess open-protocol components to collect, store and transmit data from new and existing sensor systems.

Data is now being collected on a daily basis by the existing Bascom BMS and the new Saia system then collated and sent directly to the PERFOMER Data Warehouse each day.

Hotel De Las Letras, Madrid, Spain

Hotel De Las Letras already had two systems with extensive sensor networks, their Exeon BMS for comfort control and the iGreen energy monitoring system. The sensors from these systems that are being used for the PERFORMER solution include;

  • 147 space temperature sensors and 32 flow temperature sensors plus volume, flow, humidity and pressure sensors and valve position sensors
  • Air conditioning system sensors
  • 19 electricity sub-meters plus gas sub-meters and water meter pulsed output loggers

Due to the already extensive existing sensor networks new equipment has been limited to:

  • Heat meters to separate heat energy for domestic hot water and space heating
  • Water meter to measure DHWS use
  • Electricity meters to measure chiller electricity use
  • CO2 sensors to measure air quality

All the new sensors are connected to the existing BMS or iGreen system and from these data is collated and transmitted to the PERFORMER data warehouse automatically each day.

St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, UK

As a new building the UK pilot site already had a large number of sensors connected to its Siemens BMS over a KNS network. It also had some existing equipment that was not functioning correctly and had to be replaced. Existing equipment that is being used includes:

  • Temperature sensors installed in almost every room, various sensors collecting flow, volume, temp in the Boiler Room
  • Electricity, gas and water fiscal and sub-meters plus heat meters in heating plant room
  • Electricity meters to measure chiller electricity use
  • Indoor and outdoor temperature, internal CO2 and occupancy sensors plus heating valve position in almost every room

Additional items that have been installed at the UK pilot include:

  • Heat meters on heating zones to measure heat delivery to building wings
  • Electricity sub-meters for roof top cooling and ventilation plant
  • Smart electricity meter for solar PV system
  • Advanticsys data collector and wireless bridges to collect installed heat meter data
  • Weather station including cloud sensor
  • Window contact sensors to determine if window is open/closed
  • PERFORMER Box and wireless occupancy and electrical plug-load sensors

Data handing at St Teilo’s is quite complex and includes daily transmission of data from the BMS database, Advanticsys data collector, Council energy database and PERFORMER Box to the PDW.

WOOPA, Lyon, France

The French Pilot Site presents a challenge for the PERFORMER solution as it includes a number of different energy generation plant and shares a plant room with a neighbouring apartment block. The WOOPA office itself has a Trend BMS which all existing sensors are connected to. These include:

  • Mains gas and electricity meters, oil flow meter and PV generation meter
  • Sub-meters for Co-gen electricity generation, DHW water and electricity for main plant, lights and small power.
  • Space temperature sensors and HVAC temperature and flow sensors

Additional equipment that has been installed at WOOPA includes:

  • Qualisteo NIALMS solution to monitor electrical loads
  • PERFORMER Box & EnOcean environmental sensors, including temperature, CO2, illuminance (lux level), motion, door and window contact sensors
  • Heat meters to measure heat generation from oil co-gen plant and biomass boiler and heat delivery to office heating circuit
  • New electricity sub-meters to replace existing faulty meters from original construction

Data transmission at WOOPA is split into 3 separate routes. Data from the Trend BMS, including new electricity sub-meters and heat meters is sent directly to the PDW. Data from the Qualisteo NIALMS is sent separately to the PDW from the NIALMS data collection system at WOOPA. Finally data from the EnOcean sensors is collected locally by the PERFORMER Box then transmitted to the PDW.

At all four Pilot Sites similar approaches have been adopted, utilising as much of the existing sensor and data collection systems as possible then filling the gaps with new sensors. Data transmission from sites to the PERFORMER Data Warehouse has often proven more challenging than collection of data itself. However the project has benefitted from the opportunity of trying out numerous approaches at each site.

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