A world-leading supplier of structural inspection services contacted Off Grid Energy in need of a power solution for the long term structural monitoring the bridge over the M27 in Southampton. OGE was asked to provide off-grid power to a computer and structural monitoring instruments at a remote bridge, spanning the M27. The solution needed to be self-sufficient and low maintenance, whilst delivering a reliable and consistent source of power.
Off Grid Energy developed a bespoke power unit which was positioned on scrubland, between the motorway and some residential properties. To minimise noise pollution and any disruption to neighbouring householders, silent power was delivered overnight, by the battery packs.
The proximity to residents was a major issue as the generator noise pollution would have been a major concern. Our bespoke solution allowed the generators to be turned off evenings and provide power silently.
Significant fuel savings were made by turning off the generator at night.
SERVICE AND REFUELING
Our solution allows the generator to be utilised more efficiently and therefore fewer breakdown issues. Running hours of the generator reduced significantly leading to a comparative reduction in the need for routine maintenance. Fewer breakdown issues were also then encountered because of better utilisation. Since installation, the generator has been serviced every 500 hours and refueled approximately once a year.
As the requirement for diesel is reduced significantly so the carbon emissions are lowered and other NOX pollutants. Also, the air quality is improved which has obvious benefits for residents.
The unit is remotely monitored using our VRM portal to ensure smooth running, although support and service are always on hand around the clock if any problems arise. Furthermore, the customer can remotely access the performance data directly from the unit.