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.
Renewable heating experts, Finn Geotherm, have installed an innovative ground source heat pump system at a detached house in The Broads, Norfolk. The system harvests energy from the homeowner’s lake for heating and hot water.
With a half-acre lake in the garden, the new heating system for the five-bedroom house near North Walsham utilises the property’s natural assets and negates the need for fossil fuels.
Water source heat pump systems are becoming increasingly popular, but one lesser known water source application is open loop systems.
Open loop collectors take the form of two separate straight pipe collectors. These designs abstract and filter the water through the heat pump. This water is then discharged either back to the water source or another discharge area.
Here is how one self-builder found a cost effective heating solution which would have otherwise flowed right past his door, thanks to an open loop system and a stream at the bottom of his garden.
Innovative technology that draws heat from the sea is proving effective in keeping one of Orkney’s newest buildings warm.
The Warehouse Buildings – Orkney Islands Council’s multi-purpose facility in Stromness – are the first in the islands to be fitted with a sea-source heat pump, which uses warmth absorbed from Stromness harbour to provide heating for the buildings.
Monitoring over a 12-month period shows this to be a cost-effective choice for the offices, which house the town’s library and customer services team, and provide a work base for staff from a variety of Council services.
Originally built in 1794, Henlle Hall, in Gobowen near Oswestry is the home of Cosmo Lloyd and his family who have developed the grounds of the estate into a unique, award-winning, and relaxing country retreat with a combination of courtyard cottages and woodland lodges.
It’s not witchcraft, its (super) natural!
This renovated 17th century church in rural Wales may give some the chills, but thanks to modern energy efficiency measures and a ground source heat pump from UK manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps, its owners are toasty warm by harvesting free energy from their grounds, which also attracts seven years of quarterly income through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as a big treat on the side.
As part of a £5.8 million regeneration project to enhance heating efficiency and slash bills by 50%, four 1960s tower blocks in North London have replaced their outdated electric underfloor heating systems with next-generation radiators – all matched with renewable heat sources.
The owners of a picturesque 1800s farmhouse in rural South Norfolk are enjoying a warm home and reduced energy bills, thanks to a ground source heat pump installed by the renewable heating experts Finn Geotherm.
While renovating redundant farm buildings on their land to create a new home for themselves, Michael and Judy Watson decided to upgrade the heating and hot water system in the farmhouse where they currently live. The house, originally two separate homes joined into one, will be passed to the Watson’s family in a few years, once the renovation is finished.
An expanding veterinary practice in Norfolk is benefiting from heating and hot water with reduced energy bills, thanks to a ground source heat pump installed by the renewable heating experts Finn Geotherm.
Finn Geotherm was shortlisted in four categories in the 2016 National ACR & Heat Pump Awards.
Hannah Kelly, owner of Wood Farm Vets, started the practice in 2014 to care for large and small animals. Initially, Hannah ran the practice from her home, a farmhouse in Wymondham, South Norfolk, but rapidly outgrew the premises.
£862k boost for livestock auctioneer in renewables overhaul. An auction house in Northumberland is set to make a 236% return on investment, reaping an estimated £862,000 in energy savings and commercial RHI payments over the next 20 years, after installing solar PV panels and a NIBE ground source heat pump system.
A new-build home in Leicestershire is demonstrating how anyone can achieve a highly efficient property that provides a warm, comfortable environment, using existing technologies and readily available building techniques.
The spacious 3-bedroom, detached home has been built by Keyplan Developments Ltd to exceed current UK building standards, paying particular attention to high levels of insulation and air tightness.
With the space heating energy requirement being lower than the hot water energy requirement, any heating system installed has to be able to cope with hot water production as the dominant load.
In 2015, Bromford Group commissioned Kensa Heat Pumps to install ground source heat pumps into 16 formerly electrically heated bungalows in rural Shropshire.
Intended as a pilot scheme to determine the viability of the technology, the ground source heat pumps proved so successful at reducing resident’s fuel bills and providing a reliable heat source that in 2016 Bromford decided to commission a second project with Kensa Heat Pumps.
The second phase is proving to be just as successful, with residents at one site already experiencing a £15/week saving on their fuel bills with ground source heat pumps compared to their old heating system, which is a significant saving to those living in fuel poverty.
A Dimplex air source heat pump forms part of the award-winning energy credentials at a ‘Superhome’ designed to showcase the energy savings that can be made using grants and relatively low-cost improvements.
Nigel and Christine Humphrey, from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, wanted to cut the cost of running their detached 1940s home without spending the sums required to reach Passive House standard.
Instead Nigel, who runs his own architecture firm MAS Architecture, focused on heat loss, infiltration and controls, using all the grants available to install an efficient – and cost-effective - heating and distribution system in the home.
The Lancaster Hall Hotel is situated in the heart of London’s popular Lancaster Gate & Bayswater, which attracts many tourists and business travellers.
In order to make sure Lancaster Hall Hotel can accommodate sanitary hot water efficiently for all of their customers; MHIAE connected two Q-ton to two 2,000 litre hot water storage tanks.
The hotel consists of two separate boiler rooms with completely segregated hot water and heating systems utilising five boilers running at different pressures in order to cater for 250 people on site.
Regen SW has been busy over the past few weeks in the renewable heat sector with our response to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation and new introduction and toolkit documents on community-led heat networks written by Regen SW on behalf of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Heat networks have received further support with round 6 of Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) funding open for applicants, and news that consultation on the £300 million heat network delivery fund (announced in the budget) has begun and will include specific events.
Two Dimplex ground source heat pumps are central to an innovative renewable heating solution which uses waste heat from transformers at a major National Grid substation to provide space and hot water heating for two adjacent buildings.
The Dimplex SI 100 TE and SIH 6 ME heat pumps recover waste heat from the National Grid substation in Worcestershire and use it to heat the main substation building and a neighbouring Environmental Education Centre. Using waste heat in this way means there is no need for backup heating or a ground source collector, which would have been unachievable due to the confines of working within an electricity substation.
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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