As a low-or-zero carbon solution, Heat pumps can provide heating from 40°C up to 165°C and do not emit any direct emissions, significantly reducing or replacing an organisation’s need to burn fossil fuels on-site. In fact, when compared to a natural gas-burning boiler, a Heat Pump can reduce your overall Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 80%.
Heat Pumps are also becoming more cost-effective, with cheaper technology available and importantly, several UK government green stimulus grants available to support businesses in switching to sustainable heat generation (such as the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, IETF).
Taken together, the range of solution options, reducing technology costs and government support make it the perfect solution for businesses and public sector organisations to take a giant step towards their net zero ambitions.
But there are a range of heat pump options out there, so which one is right for your organisation? In this article our Heat Solutions Product Manager, Luke Bannar-Martin, layouts out the basics of each option and some of the things to consider when looking to implement on-site, sustainable heat generation.
Capable of supplying hot water to any site under most conditions, this option is the least intrusive and most capital cost-effective option. Normally fitted to the side or on the roof of a building, the Heat Pump draws air from outside and transfers the heat by means of compression. By utilising a waste heat interface the heat pump can recover waste heat from chillers or waste water, thereby improving the performance and financials.
Heat from the sun as well as from the core of the Earth keeps the ground below us at a reasonably consistent temperature all year. Ground-source Heat Pumps can use thermal boreholes as a heat source for year-round reliable and predictable source of stable temperature heat. The heat recovery loop can be used to store heat in the ground during the hotter months for drawing off during the cooling months.
A similar system to a ground-source, they extract heat from a body of water and convert it into useful heat using submerged pipes containing a working fluid to absorb heat. If available to your organisation, an open body of water (e.g. reservoir, lake, sea), a flowing body of water (e.g. river, wastewater) or underground water (e.g. aquifer) source can provide more an even more advanced heating solution.
As one of the UK’s leading business energy solutions partners, we have over 30 years’ experience in designing, financing, deploying, operating and monitoring on-site energy infrastructure.
We supply a variety of Heat Pump types to best suit your specific requirements; and a range of commercial financing options to ensure a robust business case.
If you are looking for additional reasons to select heat pumps today our expert team of professionals are more than happy to discuss the advantages of this clean, affordable and sustainable technology for your business.
Luke is an energy expert with a career spanning energy engineering, energy markets and commodities, energy consulting and low carbon technologies. Luke is a Product Manager for Centrica Business Solutions, focused on developing low carbon solutions to enable businesses to achieve their decarbonisation targets.