Temperature monitoring and analysis of recorded data provides information used to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep fuel bills to a minimum.
Tinytag temperature data loggers have been used in Post
Graduate Research at the University College London Energy
Institute to help evaluate the performance of
domestic gas boilers. As part of the research, thirty
Transit 2 data
loggers were located in two show homes, developed by UCL
industry partner Crest Nicholson, to measure room air temperatures,
outdoor air temperatures, and radiator surface temperatures.
The main objective of the monitoring campaign was to determine
how best to commission a domestic gas boiler to allow the system to
run in condensing mode for as long a period of time as possible. It
was important to discover which settings worked
best on average, in order to
ensure that both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel
bills were kept as low as possible, whilst still
maintaining a comfortable house temperature.
The recorded data was used to determine how quickly a room
reached its set-point temperature, and to gain an understanding of
how the distribution system affected the overall performance of the
boiler. This was a pilot study to develop a baseline against which
the effects of more advanced heating controls can be compared.
The research was led by Jacob Davies, as part of a
Master of Research (MRes) in
Energy Demand, as part of the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy
Demand programme. As the research took place in show homes it was
important to be as discreet as possible with any monitoring
equipment. Using Tinytags allowed reliable data to be gathered
without making it obvious that the home was being monitored. It
also helped avoid running large lengths of cable.
Jacob comments, "The Tinytags are incredibly easy to
use, and the inductive pad makes downloading the data very quick.
Combined with a large range of sampling rates and a long battery
life, they are proving to be very useful monitoring
inductive pad is compatible with the Tinytag Transit 2
logger, and is the offload connection for Splash 2 and Aquatic 2 data
loggers. It plugs into the PC via USB cable facilitating the
offloading of multiple loggers without the need to directly connect
a cable to the logger.)