Energy showcase

September 13, 2012

Eco Heat & Power Ltd, an established local business in the Calder valley, specialises in the installation of renewable and low-carbon technologies for domestic and commercial buildings. Over the past year, I have worked with the Eco Heat to implement a series of building improvements including the creation of a new showroom and staff office plus the installation of a wood pellet store to serve an on-site biomass boiler and the erection of a free-standing solar photovoltaic array to the rear yard.

Bespoke office furnitureThe building improvements transformed the existing building shell (damaged by a fire under previous ownership and a flood in the summer of 2000) to a spacious and bright showroom with new entrance area as well as a staff office with bespoke joinery forming workstations and storage.

Heating to the building is now provided by a new 25kW Froling P4 Pellet Boiler and fed via an auger from a new pellet store in the centre of the building. (The new pellet store was formed from the previous entrance lobby once the new entrance was formed.) Pellets are delivered to the pellet store via a pellet delivery tube (and air extract tube) which form an archway over the new entrance. Inside the new lobby is a tall narrow ‘sight glass’ window into the pellet store – this gives staff an easy way of monitoring the stock of pellets and gives customers a clear insight into how the boiler is fed and fuelled.

Pellet delivery tubes and entrance guardrailPellet delivery in actionThe photovoltaic array to the rear of the building comprises 40 x 240Wp Schott Perform Poly panels giving an overall system generation of 9.6kWp. The bespoke steel frame was designed by structural engineer, Darren Paine of DP Squared Ltd and fabricated by Fourward Engineering, Todmorden. Groundworks were undertaken by PE Groundworks, Halifax.

This project is a great energy showcase and sets an example for others to follow!Photovoltaic array viewed from roadside

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