Energy Monitoring and Targeting
It is only when you first understand how much energy a building is using that you can begin to set company or group goals. Green Energy Solutions are helping companies analyze their building's energy consumption and in turn, make reasonable energy targets. Targets are essential for any business taking their Environmental footprint seriously as when given something to work towards and deadline to meet, you are more likely to succeed.
Where solar panels have been installed, the energy being produced through the solar panels can be monitored via an online portal. The solar panels have capabilities of transferring this information automatically with either little or no human interaction needed. This is the case for many Lidl stores as Solar panels have been installed at many stores around the country.
Older stores where solar panels were not originally installed or have not yet been installed through renovation, may have building management systems in house which can help in determining the energy load being used by the building.
Brown Thomas, Nationwide
Data loggers are used to measure the energy consumption of Brown Thomas on an on-going basis. These data loggers record energy information through measuring of the currents that run through cables in the building. This information can be fed to an online system and extrapolated and analyzed from there to understand the average daily energy consumption rate. If left on for longer periods, the information can be used to find recurring themes such as; what time of day most energy is used, turning on the heating increases the load by x% more or how much energy is wasted during non-trading hour times.
Once our engineers understand the building and its energy habits, they can then advise the clients on realistic energy goals that could be achieved through changes to technologies and systems.
Dublin City Council Leisure Centres
As a part of the contract with Dublin City Council, it is the responsibility of Green Energy Solutions to perform bi-monthly energy bill calculations to estimate energy savings since the installation of greener technologies to the three leisure centres.
The installed Building Management System (BMS) is accessible from the Green Energy Solutions offices. From there, the engineers can see set automatic timing of lights, the breakdown of energy consumption per hour per day as well as and heating times.
Data loggers were used before the installation of the BMS system to gain insight into the buildings energy consumption. These data loggers can be left on for any period of time, ranging from 12 hours to one week.
Upgraded control of the environmental conditions is facilitated by various sensors to measure and monitor items including temperature, humidity, C02 and gas detection. This data can be recorded to assist user behaviour and/or relayed to a BMS to provide automatic control of HVAC systems which condition the internal space.
Claremorris Leisure Centre, Co. Mayo
As a part of the recent energy upgrades carried out at Claremorris Leisure Centre between 2016 and 2017, the energy consumption and load of the building was monitored on a regular basis. It was through doing this that our engineers could make realistic energy expectations. Running a pool/sauna in particular can carry huge energy bills. The energy used from the national grid is much more expensive than that of which is generated in house through Solar PV or CHP units. Now that Claremorris are generating some of the energy that the building is using in-house, we expect to see a bigger drop in energy bill costs.
Dunnes Stores, Nationwide
Dunnes Stores orginally aprroached Green Energy Solutions about reducing their energy bills. Through monitoring of the building energy load and usage, GES offered Dunnes a number of recommendations, all of which would take small changes to see big results.
From these recommendations, Green Energy Solutions saved Dunnes Stores 20% on their energy bills month on month until they decided it was time to re-evaluate their targets and make better energy savings. Green Energy Solutions again helped with these further changes.
Due to changes in legislation in 2014, Green Energy Solutions teamed up with Chargill - a food production company, to look into the waste from their chicken farms in the U.K. The change in law was a result of the concern for the health and welfare of both people and animals in regards to animal waste usage. This innovative technology will use 3,500 tonnes of chicken litter to provide district heating, hot water and electricity to 13 poultry houses and offices on the UK site.
In this case, BHSL did not make the targets themselves but were set for them through Government and European Regulations. Green Energy Solutions' developed technology helped BHSL meet these guidelines.