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Development of a Energy Monitoring System for a Renewable Heating Solution

Based in Co. Monaghan, the Eurotech Group Ltd. was established in 1979 as underfloor heating specialists. In 1984, the company forged a link with Ochsner heat pumps and is now Ireland’s leading provider and installer of energy-efficient under floor heating systems.

Eurotech provide a renewable heating and hot water solution for both home and commercial use. The Eurotech Smart Heating System contains an Ochsner Airthermal heat pump, which delivers perfect results in all extremities in Irish weather, surpassing oil, gas and geothermal technologies.

As customers can be wary of switching from traditional oil or gas-based heating systems to green sustainable technologies, Eurotech decided to develop a prototype remote monitoring system that would demonstrate the superior performance and cost benefits of the Smart Heating System.

The TEC Centre at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) conducts research into the use of wireless sensor networks and optimal decision making tools in the management of energy usage in buildings. TEC has completed numerous prototyping and innovation projects in partnership with industry.

Eurotech partnered with TEC in a project funded under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme. During this project, TEC developed a new prototype remote energy monitoring system that could be used to prove the performance of the Eurotech Smart Heating System. The prototype is capable of monitoring, in real-time, the source temperature (air temperature in the case of air to water heat pumps), internal building temperature, flow rate, flow temperatures and the electrical power consumption of the heat pump. These parameters can be used to evaluate the true efficiency of the Smart Heating System.

In 2010, the energy monitoring system, developed by TEC, was deployed in a crèche in Co. Meath and is currently gaining valuable data which is being recorded for further optimisations. Eurotech aims to have a product ready for the global market in 2012, providing job opportunities for ten people when in production.

Due to the success of the Innovation Voucher project, the Eurotech Group is in the process of submitting an Innovation Partnership proposal to Enterprise Ireland. The proposal involves the evolution of the previous design with greatly increased functionality to a complete real time energy analyser system encompassing electrical energy and various forms of heating systems.

Testimonials

“The TEC Centre engineers allowed our mechanical engineers exploit every opportunity to expand and improve the development to achieve the best possible results. This combination of academia and engineers combining in research and development worked exceptionally well in our case and I would highly recommend it to other companies.”
Gerard Duffy - Managing Director, Eurotech Group

“By partnering with Eurotech, the TEC Centre will benefit from the deployment of a TEC-developed prototype in a real world application. This convergence and the successful outcomes of this project will be harnessed to build up further collaborations with SMEs and MNCs.”
Dr. Brian Lee - TEC Centre Manager, CIT

Client: Eurotech Group
Institution:
Cork Institute of Technology
Industry: Energy
National Priority Area: Future Networks and Communications

Head of Research
Dr. Niall Smith
Cork Institute of Technology
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Ireland
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Industrial Liaison Manager
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Cork Institute of Technology
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Ireland
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TEC Centre Manager
Dr. Brian Lee
Cork Institute of Technology
Bishopstown, Cork
Ireland
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