Innovia GeoTech

Innovia GeoTech

AT A GLANCE

TECHNOLOGY
DC Power distribution and PoE, Industrial data acquisition and controls (dry contact and 0-10V analog outputs, and digital and analog inputs), Digital Twin Software, Cloud BACnet based automation system, Wireless RF mesh network for IoT devices
CONNECTED DEVICES
Versatec Ground source heat pump, Belimo Actuated fluid valves, Grundfos Magna Variable flow pumps, Belimo Flow meters, OMEGA Thermistors and thermistor strings (temperature sensors)
PRODUCTS
SpacrNode, SpacrApp, SpacrBAS
CLIENT
Innovia GeoTech in partnership with Ryerson University
LOCATION
Waterloo North Hydro Building: Eby Rush Transformer Station. Waterloo, Ontario
DEPLOYED IN
January 2021
SAVINGS SUMMARY
CapEx: roughly 50%, OpEx: roughly 15%
Innovia GeoTech

ABOUT THE CLIENT

Innovia GeoTech is electrifying thermal energy; they're on a mission to reduce the need to burn fuel for heating and cooling. Not only does this increase a building's sustainability, and reduce operating costs, it also supports the development of a sustainable world.
  • Innovia GeoTech is an innovative geothermal heating and cooling company that implements eco-friendly systems into new and existing infrastructure in Toronto and Southern Ontario.
  • Their heating and cooling systems produce zero greenhouse gas emissions and protect the soil and ecological systems in place.
  • Innovia GeoTech's client, Waterloo North Hydro, needed to optimize their HVAC system for their Eby Rush Transformer Station. That's where Argentum came in.

Andrew Lee, the President of Innovia GeoTech, had this to say about Innovia's experience with Argentum

"The team at Argentum has been great to work with and have been quick to respond to our questions. We've been using the Spacr product and interface for over 6-months now and have been happy with the flexibility and control it's enabled us to operate our system." - Andrew Lee, President, Innovia GEO Corp.
Innovia GeoTech

THE CHALLENGE

The major goal of Argentum’s project with Innovia GeoTech was to integrate complete control over their client’s geothermal HVAC system, and data collected through sensors into a single cloud platform. This would be done with the goal of optimizing the energy efficiency of Waterloo North Hydro’s new ground source (geothermal) heat pump system. In short, Innovia GeoTech partnered with Argentum to implement a monitoring and control system for their client’s equipment. 

The project guidelines were as follows: 
  • Have the ability to be remotely monitored and controlled on one cloud-based platform
  • Integrate HVAC equipment, such as the ground source heat pump, with cloud controls
  • Remotely communicate with BACnet devices
  • Integrate various sensors to automate the operation of the geothermal system
  • Have the ability to remotely calculate and optimize the COP (coefficient of performance)

This was a particularly interesting project because geothermal systems have great potential to “electrify” heating and cooling systems in buildings, which broadens the scope of potential energy efficient solutions in buildings.

THE SOLUTION

After analyzing the key problems, we determined that Argentum's IoT solution (including BACnet cloud control, sensors, and the SpacrApp) would be the key to achieving Innovia GeoTech's goals.

Argentum’s system is inherently compatible with BACnet, and automatically fulfills this component of the client’s request. As a solution to their other major challenge (that they could have complete control of the system through the cloud), we implemented SpacrApp and SpacrSense.

Specifically, the technology and Argentum products we deployed were: 

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The complete solution provided to Innovia GeoTech, allows for cloud-based control over all components of the geothermal system, as well as gathers sensor data and insights into a single, unified platform. The platform, SpacrApp, includes an interactive digital twin, which is what allows this data to be intuitively accessed, understood, and used to optimize equipment.

The devices connected to Argentum's system include: 
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By integrating these devices and systems with various wireless sensors (including IEQ and IAQ sensors), SpacrBAS (enables control of BACnet systems), and our digital twin software (available on SpacrApp), we enabled Innovia GeoTech's client to monitor, control and automate their HVAC and geothermal systems based on real-time sensor data. Ultimately, this allows the Eby Rush Transformer Station to optimize energy consumption, as well as equipment performance.

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THE RESULT

Data, system insights and controls are now all available together on a single, intuitive, cloud-based platform.

Successful integration of various components of the geothermal system, including the ground source heat pump, ground temperature sensors (thermistor strings), valves, and flow meters.

Financial Results

50% Capital Expenditure Savings
  • If they had had a traditional controls setup they would have had to provide power and controls separately for each component of the geothermal system.
  • In our unique DC power distribution system, controls and power are managed by a single device (SpacrNode).
15% Savings on Operational Costs
  • Versus traditional power for valves and actuators.
  • Statistic from Argentum's data collection software.
Innovia GeoTech

All in all, now Innovia GeoTech can monitor and control their heat pumps, valves and more from one, cloud-based, intuitive platform that uses digital twin technology. Since Argentum implemented this system, Innovia GeoTech has been able to save on operational costs, reduce emissions, and understand their systems and devices better with insights gleaned from sensor data.

See How the System Works

THE SYSTEM

THE PROBLEM WE SOLVE

Commercial buildings waste an average of 30% of energy consumed every year.

We've developed an electrical system to change that.