Aegis adds to industry-leading monitoring capabilities to advance 24/7 customer commitment
Already a Combined Heat and Power industry leader in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Aegis Energy, EDF Group has advanced its capabilities to include live information, historical trends, and statistical data to report on a cogen’s real-time operation and potential optimization.
Aegis 24/7 Remote Monitoring service links Aegis technicians with clients through a Direct Digital Connection and offers continuous communication with these on-site systems. Remote monitoring allows Aegis to measure and verify heating loads and heat dissipation at each site from a central location, thereby maximizing the potential of a facility’s energy savings.
Technicians can remotely make adjustments to the system and respond to a “pre-alarm” as well. A “pre-alarm” is a unique feature of Aegis’ systems which uses “intelligence” to anticipate a problem before it actually occurs, thereby increasing run-times.
The industry standard is to use fixed controls that do not adapt to changing conditions of the system. With these systems, remote monitoring can be poor to nonexistent and interventions are only made when negative system performance shows up in other places, such as in the DHW temperature or with malfunctioning equipment.
“Our entire system; generator, utility interconnection, heat delivery, and electrical gear is monitored on one integrated interface,” said Jonathan Lewis, R&D Mechanical Engineer for Aegis. “We see the complete system operating in real time from anywhere, allowing us to make the most informed and optimized decisions.”
With this advanced system, Specialized Human Machine Interface (HMI) panels are developed and served to the customer to let them see how their system is operating in real time. Equipment malfunctions anywhere in the system can be identified early and in some cases preempted by condition-based monitoring.
“As we continue to develop our SCADA we are adding intelligence which adjusts the operation of the system on the fly without human interaction,” said Lewis. “We are at a level of control that is considered cutting edge within the industry, but for us this is only a jumping off point for some revolutionary developments that are unique to Aegis.”
Not all issues are addressed remotely however, and in those instances the ability to send a technician to a site at any time can prevent downtime and help to ensure that the projected energy savings a customer is expecting can be delivered.
For more information on Combined Heat and Power systems and Aegis Energy, EDF Group’ 24/7 Remote Monitoring advantage, contact an Aegis representative through aegischp.com or by calling (877) 903-5170.