Battery-powered flowmeters: overcoming infrastructure barriers

Flowmeters are critical for many industrial sectors, including the infrastructure market. Endress+Hauser is at the cutting-edge of this field

Monitoring water flow across distribution networks is critical for many industrial segments. This includes oil and gas, wastewater treatment, and agriculture. However, remote or off-grid areas with scarce or unreliable power supply pose additional challenges for traditional flowmeter installations.

This is where battery-powered flowmeters step in as a game-changing solution, empowering engineers to monitor flow effectively regardless of the infrastructure available.

In the past, monitoring fluid flow in areas lacking consistent power supply posed a significant challenge. Traditional flowmeters often relied on a stable power supply, making their installation extremely costly due to the costs of expanding the power supply infrastructure or relying on battery-powered adapter systems with limited lifetime.

Advances in technology for low-powered components and battery design have revolutionised flow monitoring in areas with no electrical infrastructure.

Modern flowmeters can operate for up to 15 years without any battery replacement by combining intermittent measurements and advanced algorithms to optimise power consumption.

More advantages of their use include:

  1. Reduced maintenance requirements: Battery-powered flowmeters are designed to be low-maintenance, reducing labour and operational costs. With long-lasting batteries, they can operate for extended periods without frequent replacements.
  2. Data accessibility and real-time monitoring: Battery-powered flowmeters have advanced data logging and transmission capabilities. Users can access real-time flow data remotely, enabling them to make informed decisions promptly. This accessibility improves efficiency and reduces the need for on-site personnel, particularly in challenging environments.
  3. Scalability and cost-effectiveness: Battery-powered flowmeter installations allow engineer managers to adapt their monitoring systems as needed. This cost-effective approach means they can start small and expand gradually, minimising initial investment and risk.

Battery-powered flowmeters have emerged as a transformative solution for engineer managers facing the challenges of monitoring fluid flow in areas with unavailable or unreliable power supply. These innovative devices offer portability, reduced maintenance, real-time data access, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.

Overcoming infrastructure barriers improves efficiency and productivity and expands the adoption of advanced flow monitoring technology across various industries. Users are now empowered to make informed decisions, regardless of their location.

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