Heat pump helps use renewable energy in community centre
Clyde heat-pump technology to support the production of domestic hot water is helping Bexley Council achieve its aim of promoting renewable energy sources in its buildings.
Sustainable hot water for a neighbourhood centre in south-east London is being provided by an air-source heat pump supplied by Clyde Energy Solutions. North Cray Neighbourhood Centre is home to a wide variety of organisations and activities, including boxing and karate clubs, line dancing, nursery and day centre. It is also the base for the Cray Meadows Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Team. To meet the various needs of these groups, the Clyde CVT system provides hot-water for a catering-size kitchen, washrooms and showers. The CVT pre-heats potable water before it is brought up to the required temperature by the main boiler. Clyde calls this a bivalent approach and explains that it is often the most energy-efficient and cost-effective way to take advantage of heat-pump technology. Hot water is stored in a 270 litre enamel-lined calorifier, which has two auxiliary heating coils to supplement the output from the heat pump. One of these coils is not yet used, but could be connected to a solar-heating system in the future. This heat pump helps the building meet the requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations and is also in line with Bexley Council’s long-term sustainability objectives. Bexley is one of very few London boroughs to be accredited by the Institute of Energy for its high standards in the management and use of energy and is committed to reducing the use of fossil fuels and promoting renewable energy in its buildings.
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