Alternative Energy Sources

Our design team work with market-leading suppliers and sit on industry steering committees offering guidance on new ideas and concepts and gaining access to the newest energy generation and management technologies.

With varying demand profiles and existing equipment, no two energy systems are the same and our design team are the best equipped to incorporate the most appropriate technology/combination of technologies that will fully optimise financial and carbon savings.

Heat pumps:

A heat pump is an extremely efficient device that uses a small amount of energy to pull heat out of the air, ground, rivers and other low grade heat sources - effectively moving heat from one location to the other.

When comparing heat pumps with conventional fossil fuelled heating plants, both can result in reduced global CO₂ and local NOx emissions. They don’t require chimneys and unlike, wood, oil and LPG, fuel deliveries or the additional petrol or diesel emissions this entails.

We can offer different classifications of heat pumps –

Low Temperature Heat Pumps (LTHP) are best suited for internal building heating systems, such as under floor heating, air heating and fan-assisted low temperature radiators.

High Temperature Heat Pumps (HTHP) hold water temperatures of up to 90oC and are therefore more suited to community and district heating schemes.

Ground (GSHPs) and Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHPs) & Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) are considered ‘low carbon’ technologies. Whilst ASHPs are easier and lower cost to install, GSHPs are the more efficient of the two. Both are eligible for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), can help to lower energy bills, gain planning permissions and meet the Code for Sustainable Homes. Read more about Water Source Heat Pumps here.

Solar:

Solar thermal systems harness the heat from the sun and use it to heat water.

How it works - Solar Photovoltaic cells convert the sun's solar energy into Direct Current (DC) Electricity, which is converted into Alternating Current (AC) so that the electricity is compatible with household appliances.  The technology is dependent on light intensity, not on heat or direct sunlight, which means it continues to generate electricity, heating or hot water even on overcast days and in winter.

Solar energy can be supplemented with an immersion heater or boiler when necessary, such as during winter months, and can also store heat generated during the day for evening use.

Renewable technology - Solar Panels are “no carbon” technology, which means they generate electricity, heat and hot water without producing any greenhouse gases and they do not cause pollution. Each kilowatt-peak (kWp) of electricity produced can save approximately 455 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions compared with electricity generated from fossil fuels. 

Benefits to you - With no moving parts, Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal provide some of the simplest and most reliable ways of reducing CO₂ emissions and future proofing housing developments and commercial schemes against rising fuel costs.

As a renewable technology, solar thermal is eligible for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, while Solar Photovoltaic is eligible for Feed in Tariffs and installations can contribute towards gaining planning permission as well as meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Fuel cells:

Fuel cells produce a reaction between fuel and oxygen to produce electrical energy. As there is no combusting of fuel involved in this process, this is a highly efficient process almost entirely absent of Nox, SOx or particulate matter (PM), with water being the only waste product.