Tue and it was Portsmouth Harbour for a meeting with the Rory the engineer in charge of the largest marine source heat pump in the UK. We had drawn together a gathering of a small and exclusive team. People working on marine source heating systems. For those of you who have been following the blog will know of the National Trusts aspiration to install a system in the Menai Straits to heat the oil guzzler that is Plas Newydd. We had also invited Robert from the RNLI who have 4 years of experience of small systems installed at a few lifeboat stations spread across the UK and Andy and colleagues from Pool and Bournemouth University who also have aspirations in this direction.
…and what of the system? My overall impression was that of simplicity and why wouldn’t you? The main lessons are use people with sea water experience for the sea water bit. Fouling, filtering and pumping need to be detailed and specified correctly. Also think of serviceability. Robert from the RNLI had a lot of experience on weld durability, metal types, anti fouling and so on because of their day jobs with life boats. It was a good morning and gave a lot of detail of what we should be looking for but also a nice peer group to test our design and specification with