A Christmas market operator with an event in a listed building estate is working to reduce its carbon footprint. The owners of the buildings and landscape have a stated policy “To be a significant contributor to the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of our community and the communities around us”, and are working with suppliers to achieve this. The event organiser needed to understand their power usage in order to develop lower carbon impact solutions.
IDE’s Erica power monitoring solution has been developed to support power management at events by recording usage across multiple
connections on a continuous and long-term basis.
By recording power used, and storing this in the Cloud, analysis can be carried out to identify:
> Where power may be wasted
> How to configure the event for lower usage
> Drive good onsite discipline.
For this project IDE monitored the event for the whole 10 days, with 4 mains distribution boards.
The event set up in figure 1 shows the layout of the site. The site is powered by a 4 100kVA generator sets, one for each quadrant, which are connected through an Erica enabled site distribution panel.
Data connection used the onsite WIFI facility.
Data collection was set to record results at 5 second intervals for each connection, which gives very good data analysis of power spikes as well as energy usage. The dashboard, as shown below, is a live feed from the distribution panel, helping the onsite team see the effects of turning power consuming equipment and facilities on and off.
The live dashboard was monitored during the market opening times to ensure each user was working within their power
limits, and identify any potential socket overloading.
Post event, analysis was performed to assess the possibilities of energy saving and security.