Powering Resilience: How to monitor CHP systems
Explore the importance of smart monitoring in CHP projects, what it does, and how it helps you to achieve long-term, sustainable performance.
Smart monitoring is a new way to achieve sustainable performance throughout the lifetime of your CHP.
Our customers often ask us questions around Combined Heat and Power (CHP) remote monitoring. We’ve rounded up the most frequently asked and posed them to our experts at Centrica Business Solutions. Whether you’re starting out with CHP for the first time, or having difficulties managing data, we have the answers that will put you on the right path.
For starters, what is CHP?
CHP technology converts gas into both electricity and heat in a single process at the point of use. It’s secure, flexible, cost-effective, easy to manage and gives you real-time insight into your individual usage. Many businesses are attracted to CHP given it can also help reduce your energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Why do I need remote monitoring for my CHP?
It’s unusual to have someone physically watching the CHP system 24/7. Remote monitoring will alert you to any potential issues such as downtime. You can receive these notifications on your devices, so you have full visibility from wherever you are, giving you more time to focus on your core business.
Remote monitoring allows you to get on with your day-to-day objectives, without having to take time out to check the system’s availability and performance. The data obtained through remote monitoring is the ultimate way of confirming CHP performance. These reports can be used to achieve annual performance certification where required which can sometimes be needed to achieve local, state or federal incentives.
How easy is it to check the performance of my CHP system?
We’ll set you up with our performance monitoring portal. As long as you have internet access, you can log in whenever and as frequently as you like.
How do I report any issues with my CHP system?
If you opt for a maintenance agreement with 24-hour remote monitoring, you shouldn’t have to contact us. The CHP monitoring is linked to our service center, so any operating problems will be dealt with by our operations team. The service center can run remote diagnosis, rectify problems and schedule an engineer if necessary. Our aim is to provide you with a ‘fit and forget’ CHP system, allowing you to focus on your core business.