New Energy Efficient Tool In Camden Flats

Sep 10, 2021

 An energy efficient tool is planned to boost Camden’s low carbon future, through the instillation of a revolutionary Leanheat artificial intelligent software technology. 

This is owing to a new partnership between Vital Energi and Danfoss and Camden Council, who have teamed up to reduce carbon consumption at Oakshott Court.  

The energy company is trialling a tool that harnesses the power of digitalisation “to optimise energy generation and consumption and increase operational efficiencies” and Camden Council and Camden residents will benefit from reduced carbon emissions and lower building maintenance costs.

“We’re really pleased to be continuing our relationship with Camden Council and helping deliver their ambitious net zero target through the installation of future-proof energy solutions,” said Rob Callaghan, Managing director of Vital Energi’s London Division.

“The energy efficiency trial at Oakshott Court ensures optimum comfort and improved wellbeing of residents,” he continued and is another step towards communities across Camden benefitting from greener, more affordable heat and hot water.”

The heating network temperature will be regulated to target a maximum of 24 degrees in the flats, where 114 residents live in the flats of Oakshott Court, a 1970s block of flats in Somers Town owned by the council, using the intuitive Leanheat AI technology software that works with a built-in weather compensation and predication tool to optimise the heating system water temperature.

Furthermore, an outdoor weather sensor has been installed to capture localised weather readings as part of the machine learning applied within the software.

The block of flats is connected to the existing Somers Town district heating network, which was originally designed and built by Vital Energi back in 2014 to deliver heat and hot water to the residents of Camden, was designed with expansion in mind.

Vital Energi has now installed the revelant hardware products for the Leanheat software to take control of the building, which includes a hardwired controller within the plant room in the basement of Oakshott Court.

The data from the climate room sensors is sent to a secured and encrypted cloud where readings are taken every 10 minutes. A signal is then automatically sent to open or close the control valve, and heating is fed into the Oakshott Court to ensure the correct temperature is maintained across the block.

“Leanheat AI software is a revolutionary low cost and easy to implement solution which will drastically change the heating profiles of existing buildings,” says Danfoss’ Software Solutions Manager at District Energy UK, Soulla Paphitis.

“The aim is to reduce emissions and support the transition to net zero, ensuring minimal disruption to residents and making sure their comfort is met throughout the year.”

The Software Solutions Manager went on to say that working with Vital and Camden has been “a breath of fresh air” and that Vital has driven ahead with being innovative and client-focused, while at the same time Camden has maintained a clear focus of resident comfort and future strategy across all their housing stock.”

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