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Micronics Portable Flow Meter validates efficiency of Scottish Hydro Scheme

Posted: Friday 28th August 2015

A Micronics PF330 portable flowmeter was used by Green Highland Renewables to validate the flow rates and verify the efficiency of the equipment on one of their installations. The Scottish company has been developing run of river hydro schemes since 2007. Hydro schemes are significant capital assets and it makes good business sense to maximise their value. The heart of a hydro system is the turbine, where power is extracted from the water and efficiency is critical because every small gain - or loss - directly affects the profit margin. A small drop in efficiency over the course of the year can significantly impact the siteís financial returns.

George Cameron, Green Highlandís Operations & Maintenance Manager had heard about the Micronics unit from David Cairney of Fluidic, a UK supplier of industrial process instrumentation.

The Micronics Portaflow, Clamp-On range of portable Flow meters provide accurate flow measurement from outside the pipe. Theyare simple to install with no interruption to process and no down time whilst the units are installed because no mechanical parts need to be inserted through the pipe wall or to protrude into the flow system. It takes just a few minutes to install and there is no need to shut down flow or drain the system. They are equally simple to use; a straightforward question and answer menu provides the facility to collect valuable information with the minimum of fuss or previous knowledge and minimum instruction. Results can be achieved within minutes of opening the case.

Compact, rugged and reliable, the Portaflow range has been designed to provide sustained performance in industrial environments.

George was very satisfied with Fluidicís recommendation and would certainly use Micronics flowmeters in other Green Highland projects.

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