Tinytag Data Loggers: Environmental Monitoring to Improve Energy Efficiency
9 April 2013, News release from NEMEX (part of Sustainability Live)
Tinytag data loggers monitor environmental conditions throughout a wide range of premises, providing data which can be used to help improve energy efficiency.
Robust and compact, Tinytags accurately monitor temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and single or three phase power usage: data gathering and analysis of results will help identify areas where steps can be taken to reduce energy consumption, maximise cost savings and ensure the comfort and wellbeing of those inside.
Tinytags are ideal for indoor monitoring where flexibility, size and the lack of wiring are important. They may be used for short periods to trouble-shoot conditions in a particular area, or remain in place for longer periods in multiple locations to build up profiles. Data from loggers monitoring different environmental parameters may be combined to present an integrated picture of overall building performance.
Temperature and humidity loggers are frequently deployed in the workplace, schools and public buildings to help validate whether heating, air-conditioning or climate control systems are working correctly, and to record conditions to comply with H&S regulations. Analysis of data from CO2 loggers will help maintain optimum air quality, preventing a CO2 build-up which can cause reduced concentration levels in occupants and in some cases can lead to health problems.
For example, Tinytag CO2 data loggers are being used by leading Danish environmental monitoring company ArbejdsmiljoeCentret ('works health centre'), to help ensure optimum conditions are maintained in workplaces and schools. Carbon dioxide is measured to check whether the ventilation is sufficient for the room compared to the number of people that are going to use it. The Labour Inspectorate in Denmark recommends an upper limit of 1000ppm and 1200ppm for school classrooms.
In domestic properties, Tinytags typically monitor the effects of different types of building materials, e.g. loft or wall insulation; help evaluate the performance of heating systems; and to help calculate building temperature losses. Temperature data loggers have recently been used by Consultants Green Energy Partners and housing association Castle Rock Edinvar to assess energy usage and comfort before and after an energy-related retrofit scheme. Tinytag Ultra 2 loggers gathered data to identify comfort levels (temperatures) in eight properties, and to estimate spending on electric heating. Results will be used for comparison against a planned new heating system, to identify how tenants control the new system, and to compare comfort levels and energy costs.
The Tinytag Energy Logger is specifically designed for energy efficiency applications. This safe and easy to use hand held device monitors single and three phase power usage throughout entire premises, or for individual high-consumption equipment. It may be used for spot-checks or for longer term recording, to identify when equipment is being used, times of peak load, how much energy is being used and the overall assessment of energy efficiency.
Recorded data from Tinytag loggers is downloaded to a PC via a USB cable and viewed with easy to use Tinytag Explorer software. In larger sites where manually collecting data from multiple logging points may be impractical, the Tinytag Radio System is an easy to use solution: environmental data is automatically fed back to a central receiver connected to a PC for immediate viewing.
See the full range of Tinytag Data Loggers at Sustainability Live, 16-18 April at the NEC, Stand K51.
For further information please email NEMEX (part of Sustainability Live)