Energy monitoring makes climate control transparent for indoor swimming pools
24. January 2014 Knowledge of energy consumption offers great benefits: to enable cost reduction, to promote climate and environmental protection, and to take advantage of subsidies as well as government benefits. Many operators of swimming pools, however, are aware of total energy consumption figures only; they are often in the dark when it comes to relationships between energy consumption and the respective modes of pool operations.
An effective energy monitoring system provides appreciably greater transparency here: as GEA Heat Exchangers now offers for its swimming-pool climate-control systems from the GEA CAIRfricostar range. This new system enables the recording of energy consumption by major components: for example, by fans, heat pumps, and electric heating coils. A data bus records and collects this data in the control unit of the system. Pool operators can read off these consumption figures on the system display – or are able to access and evaluate them with a higher-level building-services management system. The standard versions of GEA CAIRfricostar models from the factory support the bus systems required here: e.g., MODbus, BACnet, or LON bus. As a result, the new energy monitoring system facilitates the exploitation of optimisation potentials, since it reveals the relationship between consumption and the basic settings of the dehumidification unit. In addition, the data provided by the GEA energy monitoring system are ideal to use within the context of energy management that is certified in accordance with ISO 50001.
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