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.
The eco credentials of the heat source is reflected in other areas of the project; Energy Jump also installed a 116KW solar PV system while a green wall has been created using hydroponics (fish excrement as a plant fertiliser). Energy Jump and Stiebel Eltron worked closely with the Environment Agency to ensure standards were met and that the River Don salmon fish pass that was being constructed at the time was not disturbed.
Rob Samuelson of Energy Jump said: “We’ve transformed a cold and draughty space into a comfortable working environment in a matter of weeks - thanks to the swift pump sizing and support given by Stiebel Eltron, the green credentials of Gripple’s UK plant are very impressive.”
Mark McManus, Stiebel Eltron UK Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to have worked so closely with, Energy Jump, Gripple and the Environment Agency on this project, to be able to reassure the client that its approach to nature was respected. This was the brief given by the employees themselves, so could not be compromised. The end result is a much more efficient, aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic system.”