Air source heat pumps supplied by the Essex-based energy-efficiency champions provided the vital ingredient in winning the prestigious title of Commercial Project Of The Year at the recent National Heat Pump Awards.
Specialists in heat pumps for more than three decades, Essex-based Calorex know their biggest winners are their customers. For instance, the operators of this year’s winning project, the Brean Splash Park in Somerset, are now saving up to 46% on running costs representing an annual reduction in energy bills of over £35,000. Carbon emissions have also been cut by 18% a year.
The new water leisure facility, part of the Holiday Resort Unity complex in Brean Sands, Somerset, is the first in the country to locate an air source heat recovery system within a ‘thermal store’ inside the building that is designed to recover heat before the air is expelled.
The bespoke system, designed and installed by Cresta Leisure of Winchester, Dorset, with technical support from Certikin International of Oxfordshire, is only made possible by the superior performance capabilities of two Calorex Delta 16 dehumidifiers and a Calorex Pro-Pac 140kW air source heat pump. Air source heat pumps are usually located completely outside. On this scheme, by positioning the machine inside, the heat saving capacity is greatly increased.
As an added bonus, because Calorex heat pumps were specified, Brean Leisure Park, an all year round 25m swimming pool and water park, was able to write off 100% of the cost against taxable profits in the first year, reducing payback times even further.
Last year, ground source heat pumps supplied by Calorex Heat Pumps, for a social housing project in Yorkshire, provided the key element in being named Public Sector Project Of The Year.
“The Calorex team is particularly pleased to achieve back to back wins in completely different sectors of housing and now leisure, despite a record number of entries in the competition,” said a delighted Richard Carrington, Calorex managing director.
“Competitions like this demonstrate how heat pumps have a vital role to play across a spectrum of applications,” he added.
“Correctly designed and installed heat pumps offer the most promising technology in the battle for energy conservation and Calorex is very proud and excited of the part we continue to play in the drive to harness renewable energy.”
Calorex is a privately owned British company located near London. The company, founded more than 35 years ago, employs over 150 people to design, manufacture and support our products that are exported to more than 60 countries.