HEAT PUMP INSTALLER EXCELLENCE RECOGNISED

The excellent work of Dimplex’s Approved Heat Pump Installers has once again been recognised by the company with its third annual Heat Pump Awards ceremony.

The awards took place during the annual Dimplex installer partner conference and installers were honoured in three categories; Installer of the Year, Installation of the Year (Domestic) and Installation of the Year (Non-Domestic), with the judges having a long list of excellent entries to choose from.

The Installer of the Year Award went to Shrewsbury-based Azure Natural Energy Systems, building on its success last year as joint winner of the Non-Domestic Installation of the Year category. Since then, Azure has carried out a diverse range of installations, including social housing, schools and large scale air source schemes. Pioneers of high output heat pumps for commercial and communal use, Azure offers ‘cradle-to-grave’ ownership of projects, including the complex designs required for communal installations. The company is also taking part in the Energy Saving Trust’s field trial of heat pumps, to ensure the technology has the performance credentials to take the industry forward.

For the second year running, Cardiff-based WDS Environmental triumphed in the Domestic Installation of the Year category, with a dramatic retrofit of air source heat pumps in a 17th century manor house in Oxfordshire. The 110kW demand was met by three LA 40 AS air source heat pumps in one of the first UK installations of these high output units. The heat pumps, together with the controllers and other electrical equipment, were externally located at the client’s request in a wooded area some 100m from the plant room and connected to remote access controllers in the house, which required careful planning for the data transport. WDS continues to carry out ongoing optimisation to minimise running costs for the client.

The winning Non-Domestic Installation was carried out by Hertford-based Micro-Generation Systems (MGS). A new £2.6 million 53-bedroom Travelodge in Devizes incorporated three Dimplex LA 28 AS air source heat pumps to pre-heat domestic hot water for the hotel. The first Travelodge to incorporate heat pumps, the Wiltshire development easily achieved the percentage of renewable energy required to meet the Merton Rule and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In addition to the three externally-located air source units, MGS provided two 1000-litre water storage cylinders, but because this requirement was greater than in other Travelodge projects, the installers had to work within the constraints of a confined plant room.

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