Turning up the heat at eco awards

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An energy saving initiative, involving a Sheffield firm has been shortlisted for a prestigious national sustainable housing award.

Parkwood Business Park-based Danfoss Heat Pumps UK supplied three ground source heat pumps. They are to be used to power a new heating system that has replaced inefficient and expensive electric storage heaters at a block of apartments for elderly people in Northamptonshire.

The project has now been selected as a finalist in the category for Best Sustainable Larger Housing Retrofit Project of the Year, run by national magazine Inside Housing.

The heat pumps are one of a number of green improvements to the homes. They recover the heat from more than twenty 125-metre deep bore holes in the grounds of the property and have won the praises of tenants for providing consistent warmth.

Director Chris Dale said: “We are delighted that this project has been shortlisted, because it highlights the benefits of replacing an inefficient, outdated electric heating system with our sustainable ground source heat pumps.

“This has meant major benefits for the housing association and tenants and we are looking forward to finding out if we are successful with winning the award later in the year.”

News that the project had been shortlisted follows Danfoss Heat Pumps UK’s success at the National Heat Pump Awards, when a new home using its heat pumps was named Installation of the Year.

Danfoss Heat Pumps UK started life as ECO Heat Pumps and was founded by former mining engineer Phil Moore and his wife, Sally.

The company grew rapidly after moving from Oxfordshire to Sheffield, with help and advice from technology transfer expert Steve Dore from Sheffield-based IIS and Business Link South Yorkshire.

Three years ago it was acquired by Danfoss, one of Denmark’s largest industrial Groups.

Heat pump technology has been around for years and is used to cool refrigerators, but can be reversed to warm a house up, using heat absorbed by the ground.

The ground is just one potential source of heat.

It can also come from large ponds, lakes or water under ground, or from the air – ideal for existing urban sites where digging or drilling would present problems.