Monash University has set itself a goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2030.
Harnessing the power of the sun
Monash University is hard at work to achieve their goal of net-zero emissions by 2030. One of their strategies to achieve this net zero emission target is reducing their gas consumption by providing preheating to a low-load boiler serving a campus-wide high-temperature hot water system. Previously Monash University had an existing underground central high-temperature hot water system, that was maintained with two gas-fired 8MW boilers. To reduce this gas consumption, the strategy was to heat the high-temperature hot water system using oil heaters and solar arrays.
Heating the Water Distribution
Alerton Australia / Leading Edge Automation have implemented a system whereby 400KW of evacuated tube generate extremely high-temperature oil to heat the water distributed across the whole of the Clayton Campus.
To measure the flow rate of this system, we have implemented non-invasive rail-mounted ultrasonic energy meters. Rather than cutting into the pipes, these meters listen to the vibrations of oil flow to accurately measure the flow rate providing many measuring and commissioning advantages.
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