August 30, 2019 @ 13:35 by Steven Hugill
A North East energy sector operator is supporting a West Yorkshire heating project.
Oakes Energy Services Limited is working with Kensa Heat Pumps and Kensa Contracting to fit hundreds of environmentally-friendly communal ground source heating systems across sites in Halifax.
Oakes Energy, part of Houghton-le-Spring’s Pacifica Group, is connecting to multiple bore hole arrays around the properties, which are operated by Together Housing.
The arrays have been installed by drilling contractor Geo Drill Limited and enable heat to be transferred from the ground to the buildings.
Heat energy from the ground is converted through a Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pump, which Oakes Energy is installing in each of the homes, replacing previously inefficient night storage heating systems.
The company has already completed around 70 installations in one high-rise apartment building and is working on a number of flats before moving onto a housing estate.
Jason Oakes, Oakes Energy Services’ managing director, said: “Using alternative energy sources to heat our homes can have a significant effect on the environment by lowering carbon dioxide emissions by harnessing renewable energy.
“The carbon dioxide emissions from the ground source heating systems can be around 70 per cent lower than a gas boiler heating system.
“We are delighted to be working with Kensa Contracting, strengthening our relationship with the team through this innovative energy approach.
“Together Housing is delivering environmentally-friendly heating solutions to their tenants through a forward-thinking, modern approach, which we are thrilled to support.”
Dr Matthew Trewhella, Kensa Contracting managing director, added: “Together Housing’s landmark investment in ground source heat pumps is a pioneering step by a social housing provider to address the emissions of existing housing stock and fuel poverty levels.”