Data-based gas network management reduces costs and greenhouse gases
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For consumers, a reliable supply of gas is a matter of course. To ensure this, a relatively high pressure level in the pipeline networks is necessary. However, the required pressure is accompanied by a high level of gas leakage.
A smart gas network reduces these losses, which saves costs and maximises productive gas use, instead of causing wasted and climate-damaging emissions through leakage. In addition, the maintenance of the pipeline networks becomes more efficient.
Methane gas is delivered to homes or businesses via branched pipeline networks. The necessary gas pressure is usually set very high, because the fuel supply with gas is considered system-critical: even with seasonal fluctuations in temperature or consumption, as well as during maintenance work, the demand must be covered all year round. However, so far the adjustment of this pressure has been based on fixed parameters for large network segments and its hardly ever adjusted.
The consequence is excess pressure so-called leakage: valuable gas escapes unused into the surrounding air and contributes to the greenhouse effect – many times more than CO2. This loss is taken into account by the supplier. It pushes up gas prices for commercial and private consumers without adding any value.
INSYS icom helps operators to increase the efficiency and ecology of existing and new gas supply networks down to the distribution network level. The intelligent use of sensor data, secure data communication and a remote maintenance solution reduces costs and achieves significant increases in efficiency. At the same time, security of supply benefits from optimised and plannable network maintenance.
As an overall approach with configurable individual elements, INSYS icom enables the safe, fast and efficient digitalisation of gas supplies.
The modular routers for network monitoring and control provide flexible interfaces for data capture or remote maintenance. Secure connection pathways and specialised VPN solutions are possible.
The operation of the gas network control is carried out via configurable modules of the icom Data Suite on the routers. Optionally, further software modules can be put into operation to enable edge functionality and map local intelligence. In addition, standard management solutions or cloud systems within existing strategies can be used.
Solutions from INSYS icom always draw on a wide range of services, with the help of which the implementation can be carried out quickly and safely, and the maintenance of the gateways can also be performed without significant input.
“The INSYS icom products are perfectly adapted to our application for smart gas grids and operate on-site with a high level of reliability. We are delighted to be working with the highly experienced team of INSYS icom.”
Utonomy Ltd., Southampton (UK)
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