Ormandy Group has acquired Aquatherm Sales UK, which has been the exclusive supplier of Aquatherm plastic piping systems for building-services applications across the UK since 2001.
Aquatherm provides complete plastic pipework systems from 20 to 250 mm diameter as standard packages or bespoke designs. The company offers full in-house CAD prefabricated system design and off-site fabrication facilities.
Paul Cooper (pictured), managing director of Ormandy, tells us that the companies have collaborated on a number of projects, including the MoD Aspire Scheme, and that the acquisition was the next logical step.
Riegens Lighting has launched a continuous lighting solution for pelmets that combines flexibility with shadow-free performance. Ambit is designed with a simple plug-and-play system and includes overlapping lamps to ensure there are no visible dark spots on continuous-run projects.
Ambit uses energy-efficient T5 fluorescent lamps and provides direct light distribution. It can be surface mounted or recessed into a pelmet. The system is provided with through wiring (3 x 1.5 mm2) and a plug/socket arrangement at each end of luminaires for ease of installation
Water and chiller services and maintenance specialist Coolmation Services has added environmental accreditation ISO 14001 standard to is credentials following a 2-stage audit of its environmental-management system by BSI.
Mark Poyner, service director with Coolmation Group, says, ‘ISO 14001 is an important endorsement of our business. Achieving the standard demonstrates Coolmation Service’s green credentials and illustrates that we have made a commitment to continued environmental improvement.’
The ground-source heat pump, used either in borehole or slinky installations, is a long-established technology in many areas of northern Europe. As targets for reducing carbon loom ever closer and energy prices continue to rise in the UK, the technology is becoming increasingly attractive.
Heat pumps extract energy from the Sunlight that heats up the Earth. They convert this low-grade heat into high-grade heat. Even taking into account energy losses from electricity transmission, ground-source heat pumps offer impressive efficiencies. Most ground-source heat pumps have a coefficient of performance of around four.
The application of inter-seasonal energy storage has received a boost with the formation of a strategic alliance between polymer specialist Rehau and Icax, developer of the Interseasonal Heat Transfer system (IHT) for using the ground beneath a building to store heat when the building is cooled in the Summer and release that heat in the Winter.
After successful trials and pilot projects Icax has appointed Rehau as the key supplier of PE-Xa pipework for the ground arrays for its solar ThermalBanks and solar collectors.
The alliance between the two companies is based on Rehau’s expertise in the polymer industry, with a 40-year history in designing and manufacturing pipework for the underfloor-heating, civil-engineering, plumbing and renewable-energy sectors.
A recent unusual project involved the two companies working on a pilot project for the Highways Agency in which IHT technology was successfully used to capture solar energy from the road in the Summer, store it in ThermalBanks in the ground and release it back to the road during the following Winter to keep the road free from ice.
Kanmor Control Systems’ 264e boiler controller incorporates weather compensation and other features to reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 18% compared with systems using just thermostats.
Weather compensation works with a sensor outside and another in the boiler communicating with each other to vary the flow temperature. This is more efficient than the boiler turning on and off, which wastes energy.
Weather compensation controls will get better results out of boilers (therefore cutting carbon) and are relatively cheap and simple to install — Yet they have not caught on in the UK in a big way. On a positive note, this potential could be unlocked quite simply and without huge expense.