An innovative project to provide cost-effective, renewable heating to four tower blocks in North London has been recognised at the Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards.
The Exeter Road Retrofit Project is a joint initiative between the London Borough of Enfield, Ice Energy Technologies and Agility Eco aiming to tackle fuel poverty, raise heating standards and improve the local community as a whole. As such, the project was named Regional Large Scale Project of the Year at the awards held at Wembley Stadium on April 11th 2016.
An innovative Ground Source Heat Pump design produced by Ice Energy Technologies utilised a 205m deep communal ground loop which accesses stored solar energy beneath the ground. This low-grade heat is then gently increased by individual heat pumps within each flat in order to provide a total heating and hot water solution for the resident.
The solution, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is expected to deliver reductions in heating costs of more than 80% and will replace the failing electric underfloor heating previously used in the properties.
Commenting on the project, Ice Energy Founder & Managing Director, Andrew Sheldon said:
“Exploiting stored, natural, solar energy from the ground is one of the best ways to provide heating and hot water supplies. It is safe and efficient and we are delighted to be contributing to this project which also features remote web monitoring enabling remote diagnostics and on-going efficiency measurement.”
Councillor Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration said:
“This innovative solution satisfies all our requirements. It provides warmth and hot water at much reduced cost; harnesses a natural heat source reducing our carbon emissions and replaces an old underfloor heating system. Each borehole will supply a source of heating to four flats and our residents will really benefit from a reliable system at a reduced energy cost.”
Agility ECO Managing Director, Jon Kimber said:
“This new energy efficient heating and hot water system is part of the councils drive to tackle fuel poverty and provide decent homes for Exeter Road tenants. The fact we can do this using renewable energy is a double benefit and we’re looking forward to seeing positive results for nearly 200 Exeter Road households.”