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Somerset Renewable Energy Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps provide one of the most clean and environmentally friendly methods of providing heat for any type of building. They utilise the renewable energy which is stored in the ground. This provides one of the most efficient means of heating in terms of energy expended. These ground source heat pumps are suitable for practically any type of building and are especially suited for use in developments where a low environmental impact is desired.
These ground source heat pumps do not require hot rocks as with geothermal energy. They are also suitable for installation across most of the UK. They require the use of either a borehole or a series of shallow trenches. It is also possible (although used far less common) to extract heat from a body of water, such as pond or lake. Heat is collected in pipes which are laid in a closed loop and contain water (mixed with a small quantity of antifreeze) and this absorbs this heat stored in the soil, this water can then provide both space heating and domestic hot water.
Your home may not have the room for sufficient trenches to be dug to form a 'Horizontal Loop'. In this case a Borehole or 'Vertical Loop' system is most appropriate. One or more boreholes will be drilled down to a pre-determined depth. A pipe is then fitted into the borehole, usually either 32mm or 40mm pipe (around 1.25 or 1.5 inches). The pipe forms a loop which is then connected at both ends into a manifold that is connected to the heat pump. Water with antifreeze is then pumped through the system. This water absorbs the heat from the ground. The difference in the waters temperature between leaving and returning to the pump is enough to be passed through a compressor and used for heating your home.
It is important for the borehole to be drilled and constructed correctly. Particularly, attention needs to be paid in grouting of the hole properly. Ground Source Heat Pump Boreholes need a close fitting pipe in the borehole, any gaps between the pipe and the soil mean that the system will not be as effective as it should.
Our own Geothermal rig is specifically designed for drilling to our needs. It is built inside the UK, so it conforms to all relevant Health and Safety regulations. The Dando MTEC 6 is one of the smallest rigs available anywhere in the world and is able to pass through gaps just 1400mm wide (barely 4.5 ft). This lets us drill in many sites where access is restricted (e.g. narrow entry ways). The size of the rig has no affect on its performance, it can comfortably drill to depths of over 150M (500 ft).
We have the experience and expertise in drilling boreholes for Ground Source Heat Pumps. Our teams can drill the borehole to the supplier’s exact specification. We can even offer advice on the suitable number of boreholes and what depth will be required to your chosen supplier. We work very closely with several well respected suppliers and installers of ground source heat pumps and are happy to make a recommendation.
Geologic Boreholes and Systems welcome the opportunity to discuss with you your interest in any aspect of Ground Source Heat Pumps and exactly how they would work for you in heating your home or office or any building that you want to keep warm using a renewable source.
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