Heat pumps have existed in the UK commercial building infrastructure for well in excess of 25 years as part of industrial and commercial heating and coling systems. In recent years with the increased focus on low carbon technology and climate change mitigation, heat pumps have been identified as a key low carbon technology alongside Biomass heating to tackle the UK’s serious heating problem.
Heat pumps are classed as a renewable energy as they take an input of electricity which creates an average of 3-4times the energy to heat the building.
The way most heat pumps work is by taking heat as low as minus 12degrees C (drawing that from air, ground or water) and using this “heat” to boil refrigerant inside the heat pump. The resulting vapour is then passed into a compressor and placed under pressure, taking that old heat of minus 12C and making it into 45-55 C. This new heat is now capable of heating underfloor heating systems, compatible radiators and hot water. The vapour is then condensed back into a liquid form and goes back round the cycle again and again.
Heat Pumps extract heat from external source such as water, ground or air and the resulting heat is then released into either a wet central heating system or in the form or warmed air as part of a heating / cooling air conditioning system.
Our aim is to give you all the facts that you need to make informed decisions about having the green energy you need whilst cutting down on your impact on the environment. We will look at available grid power whilst also examining green alternatives such as ground source heat pumps and solar panels.
We have a huge deal of experience designing, providing and installing solar thermal (solar hot water) systems and are one of the few companies to have experience in large-scale applications.
Solar thermal systems are designed to assist properties with the supply of hot water, whilst saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. Working particularly well in properties that use significant amounts of hot water and also for buildings which can benefit from pre-heated water to supplement other boilers or heat a swimming pool.
Commercial properties which can particularly benefit from solar thermal include:
All well as providing fuel savings solar thermal for commercial properties is available under the commercial renewable heat incentive (RHI) which provides a rate of 8.5p per kW therm used.
Solar thermal technology has now been securely used for over 30 years (there are believed to eb over 200,000 systems set up in the UK) and is one of the most reliable and proven renewable energy systems accessible. The technology is well developed with a vast choice of equipment to suit all situations.