Solar Thermal

Solar Thermal Systems "Are they a good investment?"

Costs Are solar thermal systems are not a good investment, the simple answer in most cases is NO. While the principle of using FREE energy from the sun to heat water makes sense, how does it work in a real-life application in the UK. The average…
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Boiler Plus Regulations - Join the Heating Revolution

From April 2018 new standards for new domestic boiler installations (Boiler Plus) will apply, improving the way people use energy in their homes by giving them more choice, greater control and tangible savings on their energy bills. The new…
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Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) Update March 2016

At South West Energy Services, we provide constant updates of changes to industry funding and regulation. There have been some changes to the RHI for 2016. Below is a summary of the changes from Ofgem. 1. Green Deal Assessments Currently…
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Are air source heat pumps noisy?

The simple answer is NO but what is noisy? Modern air source heat pumps are significantly quieter than units produced say 5 years ago. This is primarily due to advances in the development of fan technology and improved chassis design which reduces…
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Specification of Commercial Ground & Air source heat pumps

The unique thermal characteristics and demands of a commercial building often means a traditional approach of separate boiler and chiller is taken to meet the peak heating and cooling loads. Due to increasing operational and energy costs, renewable…
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South West Energy Services - Thermia 42kW Ground Source Heat Pump

This exclusive new build development in Cornwall has been built with no expense spared. To meet the standards required for an A rated energy efficient house a Thermia ECO 42kW ground source heat pump with 8 x 100m vertical boreholes distributed…
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The importance of borehole design for ground source heat pumps

Here is some guidance on the importance of a professionally designed and installed borehole for a ground source heat pump. I have included some technical guidance from the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and MCS GSHP Design Document, regarding…
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Are Solar Thermal Systems a good idea?

One of the most common questions we are asked; Is solar thermal a good addition to a ground or air source heat pump system? The simple answer in most cases is NO. Hot water accounts for 20% of the annual domestic fuel bill. Solar thermal…
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Under Floor heating design and installation with a heat pump or boiler

One of the most important factors when designing a heating system is to understand the integration of the heat source be it a ground\air source heat pump or gas\oil boiler and the effects flow temperatures have on performance, efficiency and…
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What type of ground collector do I need for a ground source heat pump?

Ground source heat pumps can extract energy from the ground or water using a closed loop or open loop collector. The size of the array is dependent on a number of factors including but not limited to the peak heating and cooling loads and…