TGE Group, the commercial renewable energy installation specialist, has won a £1 million contract to install a 1300 kW ground source heat pump (GHSP) system to provide heating and cooling in four poultry units in a Shropshire farm.
When complete, the project will be the UKs largest ground source heat pump installation in the sector.
The complete project will be ready later this Spring and, when finished, it will have four units containing 50,000 birds in total. The installation consists of five Geo Qube GSHPs, which are designed especially for the poultry industry. The heat pumps will provide reactive heating and cooling for the units.
Maximises profits and welfare
Fan coils cool the units in warm weather and also reduce the heat and humidity, working alongside the ventilation to put heat charge into the well field.
“Heat pumps have many benefits over biomass boilers for new poultry units,” explains TGE Heat Director, Matthew Evans.
“They eliminate the need for regular fuel deliveries on top of the other delivery activities involved on site, which can have an impact on planning. Service and maintenance requirements are higher with biomass, plus heat pumps offer the additional benefits of cooling and de-humidification."
“The initial, higher capital cost is soon recouped by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), payable for ever unit of heat generated, making payback times similar to biomass.
"For this project, the payback period is just over four years, with £4m in savings and income over the 20 year RHI term. The system should also be eligible for tax relief from the 100% enhanced capital allowance.”