As part of their commitment to improving the energy efficiency of all homes and buildings within their borough, Barnsley Council contacted Logic Energy to see if they could assist Dearne Carrfield Primary School in discovering their “green potential” before investing in a renewable energy system.
With solar thermal systems, wind, solar PV and biomass systems all an option, the school wanted a monitoring system that would measure various meteorological sensors to help them to decide on the most effective solution to meet their needs. The school was also keen to monitor their current energy usage in order to analyse where savings could be made and to make the information widely available to both pupils and visitors to the school through public display screens.
Logic Energy Solution
Logic Energy provided a fully integrated monitoring system to the school. An anemometer was installed to measure wind energy potential; a pyranometer was attached to the roof to measure solar energy; a temperature sensor with a radiation shield was installed for PV efficiency; and a rain bucket was placed on the roof to assess water collection levels. These meteorological sensors were then connected to the remote Logic Energy monitoring system to provide a secure and fully managed web based data management system that was free from all internal networks.
A log-in and password were given to the school so that they could access and analyse live data through the Logic Energy web portal. A customised live online monitoring display was specially designed to link the web portal in order to provide a child-friendly live energy display that showed school logo, photos of the school and visual icons for energy sources displaying live onsite measurements.
The system delivered results to all key stakeholders providing key information on energy generated and used by the school prior to renewable energy investment. This allowed Barnsley Council to decide on whether installation of a renewable energy source would be viable at the school and if it was, which source was best to install.
Deanne Carrfield was provided with a user friendly educational display tool that allows visitors to appreciate how sustainable their school is. An educational tool was also provided with information being displayed both in the entrance to the school and accessed online to multiple classrooms.
Richard Waterhouse of Barnsley Council was delighted with the results stating
There are so many different systems on the market that connect to a particular renewable energy installation and no other and the benefit of the Logic Energy system is that it can connect to them all and we can then view all our information in one place. The system has had a positive impact on the school, it’s brilliant!
The Logic Energy solution provides on-going reports in an easy to use format that the Council, staff and pupils can all understand and has been integral in helping them to decide which installation is best for the school. They have recently installed solar panels and upgraded the design of their display to show the energy production from this with plans to install a solar thermal system and biomass system.