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RENEWABLE ENERGY MONITORING

MULTIPLE SITE PERFORMANCE DATA

South Holderness Technology College

South Holderness Technology College in Preston were already an Eco School Silver Award holder when they contacted Logic Energy having installed a multitude of renewable energy sources around the school. Their 6kW wind turbine and twenty-four 170watt photovoltaic panels combine to supply the College with energy whilst their 30 tube evacuated tube solar collection panels generate hot water that is fed directly into the colleges domestic hot water supply.

Having installed all these renewable sources, the college wanted a monitoring system that would show live energy displays in a simple format that pupils could understand and would sum up how much green energy was being generated. They wanted a solution that would help pupils to learn more about how energy is generated from our natural resources such as wind and sunlight and the live data would generate a sense of excitement as to savings that were being made on a daily basis.

Logic Energy Solution

Logic Energy provided the college with a live monitoring system providing information in real time 24/7 onto public web displays. Sensors were installed to show wind speed, temperatures and sunlight and these sensors were connected to electricity, water and gas sensors to enable the College to measure and display both imported and produced energy. The live energy display board features a series of graphs and easy to read information panels showing things such as Co2 emissions saved in comparison to how many computers this powers and a percentage gauge showing live percentages of green energy generated against the total energy being used.

Results

The College has recently opened a renewable energy learning centre with Logic Energy displays showing automated data in real time that is being fed through the Logic Energy system from the College weather station. Live data is also being displayed live onto the College intranet.

Renewable Energy Learning Centre has a team of staff delivering sessions about different aspects of renewable energy and themed activities which are open to both primary and secondary schools across the East Riding area. Each session begins with a guided tour of the site to show the renewable sources outside before looking at the live energy monitoring display screen in the centre which is fed in live from the on-site weather station and shows a range of detailed graphs which the group then analyses.

Martin Cooper, head teacher at the Station Road secondary, said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be able to study renewable energy and do related activities in a designated classroom.

Councillor Penny Peacock, East Riding portfolio holder for children, young people and schools agreed stating

I’m sure primary and secondary schools from across the area will benefit from this new classroom.

South Holderness Technology College are currently working towards achieving the Green Flag Eco Schools Award. Eco Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

Matthew Algie

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