UNDP Transfers Knowledge on Automatically Controlled Heating

May 1, 2017

At the training site / UNDP Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, 1 May 2017: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an on-site training on installation and maintenance of automated heat controls in 5 pilot multi-unit residential buildings for 8 experts of Ashgabat residential communal services maintaining the pilot buildings.

The training included demonstration and practical exercise of the automated heat control device locally developed and produced, installed by UNDP/GEF project “Improving Energy Efficiency in the Residential Building Sector of Turkmenistan” at the pilot buildings in Ashgabat. Participants also developed their skills in operating of an electronic part of the device for manually programming heat supply schedules when needed.

“For the last five years, the UNDP/GEF project has introduced multiple energy efficiency measures in the pilot buildings in Ashgabat. The automated heat control device allows heat supplying to the residential buildings depending on the outdoors temperature. This means that energy for heating will be saved while it is hot outside and used when it is cold and most needed,” explains the UNDP/GEF project expert, Arslanmurat Zomov.

At the moment, most of the residential buildings in Turkmenistan operate on the centralized heating system with constant heat supply during heating season of the year. UNDP/GEF project suggests changing this practice by introducing automated heat control devices in each multi-unit residential building.

After completion of the project, energy efficiency measure, equipment and supporting documentation and manuals will be transferred to the communal services for further use.

During 2016-2017 the project conducted an activity supporting research and development of a heat control unit to be produced in Turkmenistan.  Based on indoor and outdoor temperature data logged by sensors, the control unit sends signals to valves and pumps in the system, such that heat is delivered only in needed quantities.  Specifically, energy savings are achieved in two ways:  1) by optimizing heat delivery over the full season by setting the temperature of the local heating-system working fluid based on outdoor air temperature; and 2) by eliminating overheating during warmer days at the beginning and end of the heating season.  Total savings from such controls are estimated at around 18 percent of total heat consumption, depending on the setting.

Contact Information

Irina Atamuradova

Programme Manager

E-mail: irina.atamuradova@undp.org

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