Powering remote monitoring: downsides of traditional ways

 

Batteries

Battery-operated systems are fast and easy to install, but they come with lifetime drawbacks that show up after the installation. 

These include: 

  • Battery-related maintenance costs (supervision, labour, new batteries, travel costs)
  • One must either be satisfied with a low data rate or replace batteries with drastically shorter cycles
  • Limited number of attached electrical devices
  • Chemical waste
 

 

Mains power

When it comes to mains power, nothing can beat it in terms of electrical power. 

The downside is:

  • Exceedingly high cabling costs
 

 

Solar power

Solar power is another good, much more mainstream, energy harvesting technology. But when heat is available, thermoelectric generators are typically a more suitable choice. Here’s why in the case of district heating pipes:
 

Solar

Thermoelectric

  •  Unreliable power production due to changes in weather and the annual daylight, thus a large and very expensive buffer battery is needed
  •  Heat is relatively constant, so a small buffer battery is sufficient 
  •  Falling leaves, dust, snow, etc. require maintenance visits
  •  Dust in chambers does not affect Heat2Power significantly
  • Solar panels require space above ground, which can be intrusive in urban areas and can lead to tampering or stealing of the panels
  •  Hidden within underground district heating chambers

 

 There may be situations where solar power is more advantageous. For this reason our electronics accepts solar power.

 

 

Comparison

Option/Benefit

Minimal maintenance

High data rate

Sustainable power

Low lifetime cost

Multiple devices

Heat2Power BIG

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Solar

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Mains power

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Batteries

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