FDBusiness.com

Solar Powered Water Meters Success

 Breaking News
  • European Commission Clears Nestlé’s Acquisition of NESTEA The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over the NESTEA business, in the European Economic Area except Spain, Portugal and Andorra, by Nestlé. NESTEA branded ready-to-drink tea business is currently operated by Beverage Partners Worldwide, a full-function joint venture between Nestlé and The Coca-Cola Company. The Commission concluded [...]...
  • Avian influenza – New Scientific Advice Boosts EU Preparedness Migratory wild birds crossing the north-eastern and eastern border of the European Union is the most likely pathway for avian influenza to enter the territory, says EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). Experts assessed the risk of avian influenza entering the EU and reviewed surveillance approaches – which comprise monitoring by Member States and the actions [...]...
  • Tough September Trading Hits British Restaurant, Pub and Bar Groups Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants saw like-for-like sales decline 0.9% in September as the public appeared to pull back on spending on eating and drinking out, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker reveal. Restaurants in London were worst hit, suffering a 3.2% fall in collective like-for-like sales compared to September last year. [...]...
  • High Shear Mixing Experts For processors that work with proteins, starches, gums, vitamins, and flavourings, the Rotosolver high shear mixer is a must-have. This workhorse makes light work of all types of ingredients and with thousands of installations around the world in food, beverage, dairy, condiments, and meat and poultry manufacturing facilities, Admix continues to set the global standard [...]...
  • Belvoir’s Bubbling With Joy This Christmas Belvoir Fruit Farms is getting into festive mood with a limited-edition Christmas label for their popular Elderflower Pressé. The jolly, holly covered label also features the brand’s iconic elderflower motif dressed to impress for Christmas in golden foil, bringing seasonal sparkle to the design, along with the cheerful seasonal message ‘Bubbling with Joy’. Belvoir’s Elderflower Pressé [...]...

Solar Powered Water Meters Success

November 22
10:19 2012

Severn Trent Costain is successfully pioneering the use of solar panels to power remotely located water meters for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in the UK. The environmentally friendly photovoltaic panels provide a neat solution to the challenge of providing electricity to remote sites, which are often a considerable distance from the nearest mains power source.

The units which are suitable for most outdoor locations and require minimal commissioning are being trialed in Severn Trent Costain’s showcase ‘Package C’ contract, under which it provides water and wastewater services to 1,300 MOD sites across England.

Following a highly successful initial trial Severn Trent Costain are to extend the use of the cells to a further 20 sites. If ultimately used to power all 1,100 meters installed within the contract this will enable a saving of some 7,700 conventional batteries and reduce cost by £100,000 a year.

Using the solar panels also means fewer maintenance visits and less mileage incurred on routine battery changes. In addition, the transmitters that have been replaced with a photovoltaic panel can be re-used as spares for other equipment.

Severn Trent Costain has used the trial to rigorously test the potential of the solar panel system which has given the joint venture confidence that the continuity of data could be maintained even under adverse conditions such as very low light levels. Using the solar panels has also improved the continuity of measurement for leakage and consumption, and by reducing electricity consumption has diminished the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the sites.

The project was awarded Highly Commended in team category for the MOD’s prestigious 2012 Sanctuary and Energy Awards in the energy individual class. These awards recognise individuals and teams for their efforts in the UK and overseas to conserve energy and cut carbon emissions.

For further information visit www.severntrentcostain.com.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • October 19, 2017PMA Fresh Summit 2017
  • October 21, 2017Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo 2017
  • October 22, 2017Serbotel
  • October 22, 2017Natexpo
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements