At CE Richmond renewable energy is very important to not just us, but the planet too. We specialise in offering the most innovative and diverse options for enabling you to do that little bit for the planet, as well as be as self sufficient as possible.
Below is a brief overview of some of the technologies available. You can contact us anytime to find out more, or find out which system would be better for your project.
Solar Hot Water
Solar panels convert the energy in both direct and diffused sunlight into heat to produce hot water for the home.
We fit a variety of panels, most of which are capable of providing up to 60% of your annual hot water requirements. The actual percentage will depend upon the size of the panels in relation to your hot water system and the location of the panels.
The solar panels are designed to operate alongside existing heating systems that use a cylinder to store hot water.
The solar panels are available in portrait and landscape versions to suit a variety of roof sizes and shapes.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps deliver “green” energy saving heating and hot water at low cost all year round by utilising the latent energy available free from the air to produce heat. Savings can be significant compared with conventional heating systems.
Air source heat pumps are operated from a remote control in a similar way to air conditioning units and are suitable for many applications including smaller homes, apartments, and conservatories.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
A ground source heat pump unit utilises the natural energy stored in the earth to heat your home.
We supply and install Worcester Bosch Greenstore ground source heat pump systems, which are suitable for a variety of property types.
Two ranges are available: Combi and System.
- Combi heat pumps have an integrated cylinder and are designed to be the sole source of heating and hot water in the home.
- System heat pumps require a separate cylinder and can also be used with solar water heating.
What are the benefits of ground source heat pumps?
In short, they will reduce the amount of power your home consumes in heating your home. Electricity is required to power the ground source heat pumps but for every kilowatt of electricity used, the system is capable of producing four kilowatts or more of energy for your home.
Are ground source heat pumps suitable for my property?
Many factors are involved in determining whether or not ground source heat pumps are suitable for a property. These will include insulation, heat distribution and the land area available for the heat pump collectors to be laid.
Biomass heating systems use a variety of biological materials as fuel to power heating boilers. Modern biomass systems are self-contained, clean and compact. As a result, they are increasing in popularity and are well worth considering as a renewable energy alternative to traditional boilers.
Various different types of biomass fuels are available, including wood in various forms and food waste.
Wood-fuelled heating systems – biomass systems – burn wood pellets, wood chips or logs, for single rooms, central heating, hot water systems and underfloor heating systems, for domestic or commercial applications.
A stove burns biomass fuel to heat a single room and can include a back boiler for water heating.
A biomass boiler can power a central heating system and/or a hot water system and make considerable savings over a coal, oil, propane gas or electric heating system.
Some of the benefits of biomass heating systems
- Affordable heating fuel
- Financial support: could benefit from Renewable Heat Incentive
- A low-carbon option to burning fossil fuels: This does depend upon a number of factors including the fuel source but, provided the fuel is from a sustainable source, savings will be made – often highly significant savings.
How does it work?
Biomass boiler systems differ from conventional boilers in the method of fuel delivery. Pellets or wood chips are fed into the boiler by an automatically controlled system. As the fuel enters the boiler, the fuel is ignited on start-up either by electric elements or an electric blower. The hot gases are then passed through a heat exchanger to heat the water.
Savings in carbon dioxide emissions are very significant – around 7.5 tonnes a year when a wood-fuelled boiler replaces a solid (coal) fired system or electric storage heating.
Financial savings vary depending upon the fuel type and usage.