Daikin Appoints Renewables Partner

Published by Kate Anderson on June 28th, 2011

As part of the company’s drive to grow its domestic heating and renewables market, Daikin UK has joined forces with IBD Distribution.

As Daikin’s first renewables partner in the UK, the Dorset-based distributor will sell Daikin’s range of renewable heating and air conditioning projects, which will include the Altherma air source heat pump range.

Instrumental to the appointment was IBD’s experience in the distribution and installation of heating and air conditioning systems, air source heat pumps and under floor heating technology, said a spokesman for Daikin UK, Hugo Lambourn.

“IBD has a proven track record in the field of renewables technology and will provide both installers and end users with a highly professional service. We look forward to a long and successful working relationship,” commented Mr Lambourn.

Panasonic Launches New Software to Help With Heat Pump Installations

Published by Kate Anderson on June 24th, 2011

Panasonic has recently announced the launch of its new Aquarea Designer software, which has been created to help contractors with heat pump installations.

The software has been designed to enable hvac designers, installers and distributors to identify the correct heat pump for a particular application from Panasonic’s Aquarea range.

The Aquarea Designer will calculate the project’s energy costs in terms of hot water, heating and pumping. It will also show the equipment running times and calculate the annual COP (coefficient of performance). It then enables the designer to show clients a comparison with other heating options, such as heating by conventional gas-fired boilers, oil systems, standard electric heating and electric night storage heaters.

It can compare running costs, initial investment costs and maintenance costs, and calculate CO2 emissions.

Marc Diaz of Panasonic said: “We are all so time-pressured, that any development which can simplify the specification process is welcome.”

“We have designed this new software to be simple and of real benefit to busy engineers. Aquarea Designer is very straightforward to use and is now available as a free download from the online PanasonicProClub webite.”

Heat pump systems are highly efficient and because they use renewable energy some forms qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Mitsubishi Electric Exhibition Stand Highlights the Potential of Heat Pumps

Published by Kate Anderson on June 15th, 2011

Mitsubishi Electric has installed a permanent exhibition stand at the Building Centre in London, in an effort to highlight the potential that heat pumps offer when it comes to reducing the energy load required to heat, cool and ventilate both residential and commercial properties.

Air source and ground source heat pumps are classified as renewable technology by the European Union and the UK Government. They harvest free, renewable energy from the air to maximise efficiency and minimise energy consumption.

As well as heat pump technology, the new stand at the Building Centre in Store Street also focuses on the energy producing potential of photovoltaic panels, and includes a touch screen panel which provides information on renewable technologies. Mitsubishi Electric aims to use the venue to demonstrate the energy saving potential of these types of technologies.

The Building Centre was established in 1931 and is open to anyone involved in architecture and construction. The Centre operates as the commercial arm of The Building Centre Trust, which is an educational charity focusing on the built environment.

“The Building Centre is renowned for providing essential information for all involved in the built environment” explains Sharon Oliver, the marketing communications manager for Mitsubishi Electric’s photovoltaic and domestic heating divisions.

“So it made perfect sense for us to use this venue to convey the energy saving potential of these technologies.”

Glow-worm Announces Arrival Of New Clearly Heat Pump Range

Published by Kate Anderson on June 8th, 2011

Glow-worm has launched a new range of advanced air to water heat pump systems, which they say can reduce your carbon footprint by over 40%, when replacing an older standard efficiency boiler.

Clearly Heat Pumps are Glow-worm’s brand new air to water heat pumps, which have been created to provide high performance, renewable central heating and domestic hot water for all homes. Their brand new 7, 12 and 14kW systems are now available, and are an ideal choice for homeowners who are keen to save money on energy bills.

An air to water heat pump uses a small amount of electricity to produce a bigger kW output of heat energy which can be used in the home for central heating and domestic hot water. They are suitable for many different types of houses and locations, and can be fitted in new build properties or retro fitted as a replacement for an older heating system.

Glow-worm’s Clearly Heat Pump range stands apart from a lot of other air to water heat pumps available on the market, because they offer not just a single unit, but a fully integrated heating system that’s really easy to operate.