Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

As part of Capula’s IIOT/digitalisation solutions, its OPUS Energy Management Application has been implemented for the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. The solution, which integrates data collection and notifications from multiple building management systems, is cutting administrative overheads and improving service levels.

Under the Carbon and Energy Fund1 framework, Imtech’s Low Carbon Solutions business has implemented a series of energy efficiency measures at Harrogate hospital. The work has involved upgrades to the mechanical and electrical infrastructure across the site, including the installation of LED lighting, modifications to an existing combined heat and power (CHP) plant and a system that recycles low-grade waste heat to keep the facility’s car parks clear of ice in the winter. The improvements will deliver more than £15 million to frontline patient care and reduce carbon emissions by 90,000 tonnes over 25 years.

Under the terms of its contract, Imtech must provide monthly reports on the energy performance of the facility, demonstrating that the rigorous performance indicators are being met. Originally, that was a highly labour-intensive process, requiring operations personnel to collect data from multiple assets across the site, which was then manually combined and processed to generate the necessary reports.

Since earlier this year, Imtech has implemented the new Energy Management edition of Capula’s OPUS system. It uses IIOT technologies to integrate data collection and monitoring from assets across the hospital and provides Imtech with a full overview of the status and performance of those assets through a single desktop dashboard.
The OPUS Energy Management system automates the full workflow required to collect data, calculate KPIs and generate performance reports. It improves reporting accuracy too, replacing estimated values for some key variables – such as hour-by-hour temperature changes – with real sensor data.

OPUS isn’t just helping Imtech to measure the energy performance of the site, it’s also helping to improve it. The system includes flexible, easy-to-use charting and analysis capabilities that allow the site management team to monitor trends and changes in consumption over time and identify opportunities for extra savings. In addition, its real time alerting capabilities allow Imtech’s engineers to respond to faults or issues within three hours, keeping the hospital’s system performing to optimum levels at all times.

“The OPUS Energy Management Application enables us to monitor the energy performance of key assets in real time. The installation of the OPUS equipment within the hospital’s Energy Centre was surprisingly simple. It will help deliver substantial savings to the NHS through its smart monitoring and exception reporting.”

Tony Cookson, Energy Manager at Imtech.

Imtech will incorporate the OPUS Energy Management Application as it completes infrastructure projects at 16 NHS sites across the UK. The new energy management and reporting system is expected to deliver substantial energy savings over the next five years.

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