Gripple UK, the world-leading manufacturer of wire joining and tensioning systems, is using renewable energy and eco-friendly heat pump technology in its newly expanded HQ.
The employee-owned company has just completed a significant renovation project to extend and upgrade its factory and offices just outside Sheffield.
A key factor of the project was that it should be as environmentally friendly as possible and renewable energy company Energy Jump was brought on board, identifying the adjacent River Don as a key heat source.
Energy Jump fitted Stiebel Eltron heat pumps to extract heat from the river. Three WPF 66 heat pumps and one WWK 300AH now provide all the heat needed for the 2,200 sq metres of factory space and office buildings, distributed through Jaga unit heaters, underfloor heating and oversized radiators. The system utilises Gripple products, as the heat pump pipework is secured on its industrial hanging system.
A decade ago, most people wouldn’t have had a clue what a heat pump was or what it could be used for. However, today, with fuel prices soaring and the Government subsidising renewable energy schemes, things have changed.
Now it’s not only building services engineers who wax lyrical about heat pumps but also designers, developers and even homeowners. With the Renewable Heat Incentive, building occupiers can see massive benefits in being subsidised to produce low-cost ‘green’ heat.
By Steve Rooney, Sales Director with Gaia Climate Solutions
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