Anyone following the renewables industry and Government news will have gleaned that it’s going to be tough for the UK to meet it’s emission cutting targets.
With so much potential wind energy being tied up in (or refused) planning, solar energy is the only technology making any real headway in the domestic markets.
However, there is another alternative that could very soon be in the mainstream – particularly when the Green Deal tariff’s start next year (2012).
That technology is ground source and air heat pumps.
Basically, heat from the ground or air, is exchanged and ‘pumped’ into the building, providing heat.
Air source heat pumps are best suited to properties without the land required for a ground source heat system – ground source pumps rely on coils of fluid filled tubing being buried under the properties garden – either vertically or as more people will be familiar with, coils overlaid in shallow trenches.
And the Air source industry reckon modern technology makes their systems quicker to ‘payback’ the installation costs, which may also be cheaper to install.
It really depends on the property though. Both Air and Ground Source technology can be used to heat underfloor heating systems or air ‘blowers’. Underfloor heating being the most popular.
You may be forgiven for thinking these heat exchange pump systems are a new technology but you’d be wrong. Although we’re only really just starting to see such systems incorporated into new builds (usually individual designed and built dwellings), and smaller commercial units, the technology itself has been around commercially for the last 20 years and been successfully used in scandinavian countries.
photo credit: bryn pinzgauer
Price Engines Ltd, the company behind the ‘Quoter family of online home improvement quoting websites have been moving premises over the weekend.
From our old offices on Pride Park, Derby, we’ve moved to a brand new office in the slightly more rural setting of Stenson Marina on the outskirts of Derby.
Our new home incorporates some pretty nifty technology which will help us reduce our energy usage, whilst being kinder to the environment.
And as we’re now sited beside the Trent and Mersey Canal, if ever an environment was worth saving… let’s just say we feel very lucky to be here.
For starters, the hot water and underfloor downstairs heating is powered by an air-source heat pump. The upstairs heating/whole building cooling is powered by a set up of air-con units that reduce power consumption via a clever arrangement of one generator allowing different individual units to blow hot or cold.
And we understand from the buildings owners that there are plans for a photovoltaic solar panel installation in the very near future.
photo credit: gavin stewart