Hidden Extra’s in New ModuSat XR HIU’s!

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With over 15 years of HIU supply under our belts, we have unveiled our latest range of ModuSat® XR ‘Smart’ Heat Interface Units, which provide M&E Contractors and Consulting Engineers with a “whole lot more” for a “whole lot less” due to the myriad of hidden extras.

Smaller, more compact dimensions; the ability to deliver high performance at low primary flow temperatures; TCP/IP communications connectivity; and new, lower output models to allow cost-effective compliance with the latest industry design standards are but a few of the ways Evinox ModuSat XR models offer more features, value and performance – but with less space requirements, lower heat network operating conditions, and less time on site to install, commission, support and maintain – than ever before.

Less space

Building on our BESA-tested range of Smart Heat Interface Units, the latest ModuSat XR and XR-ECO Twin Plate HIU’s have been enhanced to provide the same great performance but in a package requiring 27% less space in the home than before*1. Units are extra compact, ideal for tight installation constraints and help to minimise the size of prefabricated cupboards. The new units have been “designed by engineers for engineers”, with a real focus on providing flexible pipework connection options, easy access to key components and simple installation and maintenance.

Lower outputs

The range has also been extended to include smaller ModuSat XR & XR-ECO TP 30 units. These are perfectly placed to meet 0ther recommendations in the soon to be released CIBSE ADE Code of Practice v1.2, which states that designers should specify a maximum of 25kW output for Studio apartments and 30-35kW for 1 & 2 bed properties. This recommendation has been included to avoid the over sizing of Domestic Hot Water, which can lead to increased costs and network inefficiency, so the new ModuSat range is perfectly placed to satisfy these new industry requirements.

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Low Carbon Heat Networks

With the latest GLA planning guidance around carbon factors already causing a stir amongst consulting engineers and specifiers, there is already a clear incentive for heat networks to be designed around different heat generation technologies, such as heat pumps, which in turn require lower primary flow temperatures.  The high efficiency ModuSat XR-ECO models continue to provide impressive heating and domestic hot water performance at primary flow temperatures of 60°C (or even lower), making them the ideal choice where heat pumps are deployed.  For example, at a primary flow temperature of just 60°C, the popular ModuSat XR-ECO TP 55-10 model can produce 34kW of instantaneous hot water at 55°C equating to a flow rate of around 11l/s; and higher thermal outputs and flow rates still where the hot water set point is dropped to 50°C.

Smart, Lower Cost Communication Network Connection

Ethernet connectivity comes as a standard feature on all ModuSat units, allowing two-way communications for diagnostics, commissioning and support – as well as metering data – to be accessed across shared building infrastructure. This allows the significant cost associated with dedicated M-Bus networks to designed out, by sharing a common, robust and reliable communication network with other services, such as CCTV, access control/door entry, and lifts.

And as part of this updated communications strategy, Evinox is also providing open protocol access to metering data through a new, customer configurable web-access to the SmartTalk® data logger, meaning the building operator can future proof the system and will never be tied to a single vendor for resident billing services.

Lower Defects Liability and Aftercare Support Costs with ‘SmartTalk® Pro’

And if all that wasn’t enough, yet another hidden extra giving Contractors opportunity to reduce costs and risks associated with their heat network installations is Evinox’s new ‘SmartTalk® Pro’ monitoring and diagnostics web portal, which now comes bundled with every ModuSat installation.

Providing Contractors with remote access to each HIU on the site, any reported problems can be quickly and easily diagnosed – and often remedied – online, without the need for an engineer to attend site; saving time, increasing the first-time-fix rate and reducing defects liability costs related to the heat network.

As well as providing access to HIU operational parameters and settings, support engineers can even take control of the residents heating system, to update controller settings and overcome any reported resident issues without an engineer ever having to get in a van!

An Established Heat Interface Unit Range

The enhancements to Evinox’s ModuSat® XR and XR-ECO units contribute to the excellent features and benefits of the existing range, with quality, high efficiency and reliability at the core. This includes testing of every unit – hydraulically, electrically and electronically before leaving the factory. The ModuSat XR-ECO Twin Plate Unit is also independently tested to the UK Standard for HIUs from BESA, backing-up performance and efficiency claims; units come complete with smart room controls with optional energy display upgrade; feature inbuilt prepay technology and they can be commissioned and maintained remotely over the internet – a combination resulting in a truly Smart HIU range.

Don’t just take our word for it – units are currently in operation in hundreds of developments across the UK, including landmark projects such as Battersea Power Station, London City Island, and Wood Wharf at Canary Wharf.

 

*1 Figure quoted for ModuSat XR/XR-ECO 30,55 & 70 models

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Spring Statement – New homes to be heated using low carbon sources from 2025

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Evinox welcomes the Chancellors announcement in his spring statement (13th March 2019) that all new homes built from 2025 will be required to be heated by systems free from fossil fuels and that the UK will implement policies to increase the proportion of “green gas” within its gas grid to support this aim.

This follows the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) warning that energy-inefficient and high-carbon housing is jeopardising the UK’s chances of meeting its carbon budgets.

Evinox believes this offers an excellent opportunity for the heat network industry to drive the design of new systems using green energy sources, such as heat pumps or solar thermal, and to lower heat losses for the network using smarter design. An additional benefit for existing heat networks is the ability to swap the primary energy source for greener alternatives in the future, which allows for new technologies to be easily integrated.

Hammond states “As with the challenge of adapting to the digital age, the challenge of shaping a carbon-neutral economy of the future is pressing,”

“We must apply the creativity of the marketplace to one of the most complex problems of our time – climate change – and build sustainability into the heart of our economic model.”

This also follows last year’s announcement that Government intends to regulate heat networks, something Evinox is firmly in favour of. Regulation of heat networks is key for meeting these growth targets and Evinox continue to work with the industry to help shape these regulations.

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Evinox Unit’s Perfect Fit at Canary Wharf’s New District, Wood Wharf

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A new urban district is being created in London’s Canary Wharf, which when complete will feature up to 3,600 new homes, a GP’s surgery, a two form primary school for 420 children, 490,000sq ft of retail space and eight acres of public spaces squares and parks. The development, called Wood Wharf, has been designed to provide a new residential led, mixed use, waterside community and is expected to be completed by 2023.

The scheme was approved by Tower Hamlets Council in 2014, which described its design as “innovative”. In recognition of this innovation, Wood Wharf won the Tall Buildings category of the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2014.

Working with the developer, Canary Wharf Group (CWG), in combination with SES Engineering Services, Emico and Haydon Mechanical & Electrical contractors, Evinox Energy supplied heating and cooling interface units for 1330 apartments for the first phases of this development, with more to follow for the remaining phases.

Homes are all connected to a district heating network, with each apartment featuring a ModuSat XR-ECO Twin Plate heat interface unit for the supply of heating and hot water and a ModuSat Single Plate interface unit to provide cooling.

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Tested by BSRIA to project design parameters

Interface units were tested by BSRIA as a requirement of this project, something Evinox were happy to undertake, confident the first-class product manufacturing and performance would deliver the required results.

Peter Linehan, Evinox Technical Sales Manager comments, “The main objective of the testing was to confirm the performance of the heating and cooling units under the specific design parameters of Wood Wharf phases A2/A3, E1/E2. The method statement was based upon three different sources; BESA UK Standard for Heat Interface Units Technical Specification, BSRIA BTS 2/2015 Test Method for Heat Interface Units and recommendations from the clients commissioning company.”

Peter continued, “Evinox’s ModuSat XR-ECO TP HIU’s and ModuSat SP CIU’s were submitted, with a total of 8 units tested at the BSRIA Test House. These included each building’s most common HIU/CIU model and high load units. The interface units achieved excellent results, performing to the project requirements, which culminated in an order for the first 5 phases of the Wood Wharf development.”


Flexible manufacturing capabilities

In addition to the efficient performance of the ModuSat units, Evinox equipment was also chosen due to the flexibility of manufacturing and short delivery timescales. “On-time” delivery schedules were critical for this project, as some of the equipment was being built into prefabricated pods by a third party prior to delivery to site.

Our range of heat interface units are designed and developed internally by technical engineers to UK standards, and built in Evinox’s own production facility in Brasov Romania by partner Romradiatoare, using lean manufacturing principles. Working closely with component suppliers enables us to deliver bespoke units, built to project specific requirements, in a timely manner.


World-leading components

One of the key components used in every ModuSat HIU, is the high efficiency plate heat exchanger from SWEP, who are a world-leading supplier of brazed plate heat exchangers for HVAC and industrial applications. Evinox’s ModuSat XR-ECO HIU delivers impressive, ultra-low DHW return temperatures to the primary network by incorporating SWEP high efficiency domestic hot water plate heat exchangers with volumetrics that encourage turbulent flow. This contributes to excellent annual Volume Weighted Return Temperatures and system operating efficiency.

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Changes to Hot Water Services in NHBC Standards for 2019

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NHBC is the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes, setting standards for registered builders and working to help improve the construction quality of homes built.

They recently announced the launch of their 2019 Standards, which will become effective from 1st January 2019. The standards apply to all properties with foundations laid on or after that date.

Evinox are happy to see some updates to ‘Hot water services’ in the new standards, where changes have been made to some of the flow rates and supply temperatures at the outlets. For example, the supply temperature at the kitchen sink has been reduced from the previous 60C to 55C, which is in line with the delivery temperature that was selected for the majority of Heat Networks, during the last year.

 

NHBC Standards 2019 Table 3

 

Helen Gibbons, Evinox Technical and Design Manager, Comments, “This change to the outlet temperature is a very positive development as it will enable district and communal heating system flow temperatures to be reduced, something which is especially important for the growth of 4th Generation Heat Networks in the UK.

In addition, the lowered DHW temperature combined with the new table in the NHBC standard for simultaneous hot water use, will give design engineers the confidence to reduce the kW demand for individual properties, something which will improve both efficiency and cost of UK Heat Networks.”

Helen continued, “whilst we are very happy to see that the required temperature from the kitchen outlet has been lowered to 55C for 2019, we do hope to see this further reduced to 50C for heat network developments using instantaneous DHW heat interface units in the near future.”

You can find the full Standard by visiting the NHBC website

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Remote Warranty Validation and Service and Maintenance for HIUs

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For any residential building project, time saved on site is hugely beneficial for developers, contractors and housing associations alike, helping to reduce project costs and enabling residents to occupy properties as quickly as possible. With this in mind, we have introduced remote warranty validation for our ModuSat heat interface units (HIUs), which can significantly reduce the cost of commissioning and time spent on site by engineers manually checking and adjusting settings.

Many other heat interface units for communal and district heating developments require an engineer to physically attend site to set-up every individual unit manually, adding time and cost to the project. Our electronically controlled ModuSat HIU’s feature SmartTalk communication technology and can be connected over the internet to remote servers, enabling us to check the operation of each unit remotely and adjust settings where required.

Once ModuSat units are installed and ready to be commissioned the following quick and simple process takes place –

  • Installer Registers ModuSat Units Using Evinox’s Online Registration Portal
  • Evinox Check the Operation of Each ModuSat Unit remotely
  • Evinox Visit site to inspect a sample of units (Around 10% of the total units)
  • Evinox will then certify the units and issue certificates
  • The Warranty period begins

The benefits don’t just end there! During the aftercare period, following practical completion, Our SmartTalk remote communication system enables checks to be made and faults to be diagnosed away from site. Just think about the costs incurred every time an engineer is called to site, well these can be avoided using our communication system to adjust settings remotely.Remote Communication for ModuSat HIUs

It is also important to factor in on-going servicing and maintenance, which maximises the life of the Heat Interface Unit and ensures optimum performance of both the HIU’s and also the wider heat network. Our SmartTalk® communication system allows for scheduled maintenance checks to take place remotely over the internet.  The system in each apartment can be fully controlled remotely, including timings and settings, with remote diagnostic capability and client support. This can avoid unnecessary call-outs as a result of user error. Fault alarms can also be checked by testing the operation of components.

We offer after-care service and maintenance plans that are available with one or two-year contracts providing flexibility, and additionally, combined packages for energy billing and maintenance, all under one roof and with discounts available.

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Fresh New Website Showcases Our Heat Network Products and Services

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new company website, which features a fresh look and feel and user-friendly navigation, enabling users to browse through our extensive range of heat network products and services with ease. These include a range of smart heat interface units (HIUs) and comprehensive support services including metering, billing, revenue management and service and maintenance.

Delivering a fully responsive experience, the new website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing and has been designed to provide heat network information for Housing Developers, M&E Consultants, Housing Associations and Building Managers, covering all stages of a communal or district heating project.

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Emma Alexander, Marketing Manager at Evinox Energy, says“We are really excited about the launch of our new site, which we’ve packed with useful heat network information, including articles, case studies, best practice and regulation advice, alongside technical information about our ModuSat® Smart HIU range and metering, billing and maintenance support services. We love the new look and feel of the site, and see it as the cornerstone of our online marketing strategy, aligning our digital platform much more closely to our brand and product and service offerings,”

Let’s Talk About Smart HIU’s

The new Smart Heat Interface Unit Hub on the Evinox website features plenty of technical content and useful information and includes everything you need to know about Evinox’s ModuSat® range of HIUs. The hub also covers topics such as the UK BESA HIU test standard, designing for energy efficient networks and the benefits of electronic control. It even features an online tool for selecting Heat Interface Units based on your project parameters and provides calculations for the whole network. Users can also request one of Evinox’s CIBSE accredited CPD seminars and download the Heat Network Design Guide via the website.

Find Out How Evinox Can Help with Metering and Billing for Your Heat Network

The website walks you through all the requirements of a successful metering and billing system for a heat network development. This includes information about the typical network set-up, which domestic and commercial meters might be required, credit billing services, debt free Pay-as-you-go technology and guidance about how to comply with the Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014.

Service & Maintenance Support for Heat Networks

Knowing how vital the support services can be for the operation the heat network and HIUs alike, Evinox’s new website provides lots of useful information for housing developers and building managers. Find out more about our internet based remote Service and Maintenance for HIU’s, enhanced warranty cover, plant room maintenance and combined plans for billing and service where we offer very competitive discounted rates for both in one package.

Emma Alexander continued“As we strive to improve every aspect of Evinox’s on and offline presence, flagship projects such as this demonstrate our commitment to excellence to our customers and partners. I’m extremely excited to be involved in the continued evolution of Evinox Energy and look forward to sharing what we’ve got in the pipeline over the coming months”.

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