Fuel Use Monitoring

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Pressure transducer installed on the fuel tank.CCHRC researchers are testing several methods of monitoring fuel use at the household level. The study, funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, is an attempt to identify a cost-effective and accurate method to monitor heating oil consumption across Alaska. That data could then be used to evaluate whether state energy efficiency targets are being met.

The flow meter calculates flow by the use of a thermal mass flow measurement. A microchip measures the spread of heat (added by a heating element in the tube) through the liquid. The flow rate is calculated from information on how the heat spread through the liquid.Several different monitoring systems have been set up on both a boiler and a Toyo stove. The systems vary in price and level of complexity. They include a floating gauge, ultrasonic fuel level sensors, electrical monitoring equipment, pressure transducers, flowmeters, scales and more. Researchers will collect data from all the systems for one month before beginning to analyze and compare the systems. CCHRC will prepare a research report detailing how each system worked, how to set it up and collect data, how much the system cost and the pros and cons of using it.

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