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Virinco Technology specializes in developing and delivering custom solutions for a diverse range of customers. Recently, Protan AS approached us with a request to develop an airflow sensor that could work alongside their Ventiflex systems. After extensive research and development, we are proud to announce that the sensors called Protan VentiSmart are now operational. They are capable of detecting damages or tears that may occur in Ventiflex ducting.

During the collaboration with Protan, we worked closely to ensure that the airflow sensors met their specific requirements. To achieve this, we exchanged ideas, conducted thorough research, and utilized our expertise in sensor technology. Our goal was to create a solution that would provide enhanced safety measures for their systems. After the sensors were developed, they were tested and installed in different tunnels in Norway, with great success.

A pilot project in Austria

As part of a pilot test, we recently started to place our airflow sensors every 2000 meters along a 25 km water tunnel in Kühtai, Tiro, Austria, together with Protan´s Ventiflex Air system. This project is part of the expansion of the existing power plant facility, which requires excavation of the tunnel, construction of a new reservoir with a 113 m high dam, and the establishment of an underground pumped storage power plant.

The sensors utilize advanced and intelligent software to analyze patterns and identify any irregularities in the airflow. By continuously monitoring the airflow in the Ventiflex ducting, our sensors can detect damages or tears, ensuring prompt action can be taken to prevent dramatically increased energy consumption and cost. The system, Protan VentiSmart, will also monitor the return air (airflow out of the tunnel) to secure fresh air and a healthy environment for the people working in the tunnel.

Our employee Petter Borthwick found that the roof was a bit low.
Airflow Sensors placed in a 25 km long water tunnel in Austria.

Advantages of the Airflow Sensor

  • Detect leakage and duct damage – Reduce energy cost by minimizing air loss and improving efficiency
  • Monitor return Air – Ensure air quality requirements
  • Low power – Long battery life
  • LoRa Radio – Long transmission range
  • Wireless – Easy installation
  • Cloud-based user interface – Easy access
Airflow sensor from Virinco Technology
Airflow Sensor by Virinco

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