Renewable Energy from our waters?

Surface water source heat pumps (SWSHPs) are an underused technology in the UK and Dynamic Packaged Applied Cooling has been in the forefront of promoting such projects and solutions within the HVAC/ME market since 2002 working closely with our manufacturer defying the traditional standards.

It is great news that a recent Code of Practice for surface water source heat pumps launched by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), in a bid to help the UK meet targets to reduce its carbon emissions.

This Code of Practice has been produced as a joint project between the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA). The work has also been supported by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Making use of renewable energy from our sea, rivers, canals and lakes represents a huge opportunity to provide low carbon heating/cooling to buildings.

One example of such a system is our HEVW water-cooled heat pump chiller that is multifunctional with two independent water circuits that simultaneously produce chilled water and hot water to 65 degrees. Heating capacities are available up to 944kW and Cooling capacities 744kW and in equilibrium heat recovery mode heating capacities can be reached up to 843kW.

System operation is never influenced from the outdoor temperatures under these circumstances with SWSHPs and so consequently the systems constantly achieve high efficiencies and COP’s.

Suppliers within our HVAC industry should all agree if SWSHPs are to form a significant part of our future low carbon energy infrastructure they need to be designed, built, operated and maintained to a high quality to deliver customer satisfaction. According to CIBSE this new Code of Practice has been produced to assist in achieving that aim by raising standards right across the supply chain and to stimulate adoption of the technology which can only be good for all parties within that chain and of course most importantly the end user!

CIBSE state that setting minimum requirements (and recommending best practice) should provide greater confidence for specifier’s and developers. This Code of Practice can also be included in the tendering/contracting process to specify minimum requirements for a project.

Dynamic Packaged Applied Cooling are leaders in the promotion of green cooling and heating systems a member of the green cooling global network and welcome this sensible forward thinking code of practice.

This article is written by Simon Lamberton-Pine of DPAC UK Ltd

DPAC UK operate nationally through their network of agents and specifier’s, technicians and our clients include every well-known and established FM and Main HVAC/M&E Contractors, as well as direct for Building occupiers and Managing Agents.

DPAC UK operate nationally through their network of agents and specifier’s,.

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