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Finn Geotherm scoops national award for flagship heating project

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A district heating project installed by Attleborough-based Finn Geotherm has won a prestigious industry trophy at the national Heating & Ventilating Review (HVR) Awards 2017. The installation undertaken for housing association Flagship Group has been crowned Sustainable Project of the Year.

The HVR Awards 2017 celebrate innovation in the building services sector. The awards recognise and reward companies across the country that demonstrate excellence in their field, outstanding technology or exceptional customer service and true innovation in the way they operate or in what they produce.

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GSHPA launch realtime CO2 calculator and Good Practice Guide at Ground Source Energy Expo 2017

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The Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) are delighted to have launched two new tools at this year’s Ground Source Energy Expo 2017 recently held in Stone: the first being a ground-breaking and unique realtime CO2 calculator; the second, a revised and user-friendly Environmental Good Practice Guide for Ground Source Heating and Cooling. Prior to the opening of the Expo, the GSHPA held their AGM and are delighted to welcome Mark Burton from Vaillant and David Jones from Hafod Renewables as newly-elected Council Members.  

The first of the GSHPA’s launches: The new realtime CO2 calculator is an app displaying the realtime carbon intensity of the UK electricity grid. This value is used to calculate CO2 emissions from Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) using power at that moment. It is updated every half an hour and clearly illustrates how much lower carbon emissions are from ground source systems compared to burning fossil fuels. The CO2 issued by a GSHP powered solely from green electricity is, of course, zero. This CO2 emissions calculator, sponsored by Geoscience, shows the CO2 issued if your GSHP uses grid electricity. The values for GSHPs using grid electricity have fallen rapidly as grid electricity generation from coal has been largely replaced by gas and generation from renewable power technologies. 

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Unveiling the Ground Source Energy Expo 2017

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Complimentary tickets to the ‘Ground Source Energy Expo 2017’, hosted by the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), are currently up for grabs! The Expo will be taking place on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at Aston Marina, Stone, Staffordshire and is designed to educate, promote and raise awareness of the significant benefits of ground source heating and cooling. This year’s Ground Source Energy Expo is delighted to be welcoming key players in the sector including Ofgem and the Environment Agency and is sponsored by MGS and Iftech. A number of key companies in the industry will be exhibiting and on hand to answer any specific queries. GSHPA would also like to thank our main sponsors Dragon Drilling, Vailant and Teckna Group.

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Kensa Heat Pumps - unravelling open loop water systems

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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.

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Landmark installation delivers heating and passive cooling for RAGT Seeds

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Renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm, has completed a landmark installation for leading European agricultural plant breeder RAGT Seeds in Cambridgeshire, to deliver both heat and passive cooling with significant energy savings.

RAGT's initial brief was to reduce the heating costs for its six glasshouses, which are used for developing new crops. LPG had previously been used to heat the glasshouses which, with a U value of around six, meant the boiler was in constant use in winter, leading to issues with fuel supply and heat distribution as the system couldn't keep up with the heat being generated. RAGT needed a new system to work with its existing grow tubes.

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