Renewable Energy

Energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible and naturally replenished, unlike, for example, the fossil fuels, of which there is a finite supply. Renewable sources of energy include wood, waste, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, and solar thermal energy.






Ground Source Heat Pumps

A geothermal heat pump or ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a source of heat (in the winter), or as source of cold (in the summer). The setup costs of installing a geothermal heat pump are higher than a conventional system, but the difference is usually returned in energy savings between 3 to 10 years. System life is estimated at 25 years for inside components and 50+ years for the ground loop.

The three most common forms of heat extraction are through a Ground Probe (Borehole)
Ground Loop (also known as Ground Coil or Slinky) and Ground Water System (using either a borehole or river). Schematics of these three installations are shown below

Ground Probe

Ground Loop

Ground Water

How it works

The below diagram shows the process of heat transfer from the ground colector (source) to the heating system.

Heating System

Heating Source

Thermatech Ltd has many years experience of designing, installing and maintaining Ground Source Heat Pump systems. Some of our more popular designs use a combination of renewable energy sources, for instance GSHP with Solar Hot Water. If you would like any further information, or would like to discuss your project please contact us.

 

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