BARCELONA CITY COUNCIL

Type: Solar thermal system
Sector: Buildings

Barcelona City Council manages, through various departments and entities, all municipal buildings in the city. Of the 120,000 buildings that make up the city of Barcelona, about 2,000 are municipal buildings.

As expected, the energy expenditure for the entire municipal buildings set is very high, and understandably, the main reason to closely monitor and control how these buildings are consuming and, in some cases, producing energy.

Pilot Results

95%

(previously 90%)
System uptime

50%

Faster
Fault response time

1.500€

Year
Production related costs savings
Pilot Results

95%

(previously 90%)
System uptime

50%

Faster
Fault response time

1.500€

Year
Production related costs savings

The Challenge

The specific objective was to determine the degree of utilization of energy produced by solar thermal systems in multifamily buildings.

The project consisted on controlling and monitoring 28 solar thermal systems. It was divided into three phases; a pilot phase to monitor 4 initial sites, a second phase where 16 more were added, and a third phase where the final 8 were included.

Solution

On the pilot phase, the main controller, responsible for managing the system operation, was monitored to analyse the actions it was executing on a regular basis. Given that the main controller did not allow external communication, a new set of temperature sensors and energy meters were deployed in order to measure the energy produced by the system. This equipment then transmits collected data to the Smart Data System monitoring platform through a gateway that provides connectivity.

For the subsequent phases, the main controller was replace by the SH2WEB24, manufactured by CARLO GAVAZZI , an enhanced version of the controller that not only allowed the Smart Data System platform to perform monitoring tasks, but also enable it to send instructions to the devices. With this new controller, existing devices can now be connected directly.

The final step was to analyse all collected data and then produce reports that helped improving the system setup, detect faulty equipment, and send alerts when something abnormal happened.

ajuntamiento-de-barcelona
Carlo Gavazzi
Smart Data System
SENTILO
barcelonacouncil