Looking over the hedge. How do other estates manage renewables?

we had an afternoon of standing around drinking coffee, chatting and looking at stuff. Paul admiring the buffer tanks on a 12kw GSHP

We had an afternoon looking at stuff. Paul admiring the buffer tanks on a 12kw GSHP (as you do!)

It’s always good to learn. Paul, Nick, Garry and myself spent Friday afternoon being shown around the Rhyg estate near Corwen. Always good going to places with renewables and good coffee. Overall I was impressed with the business approach to investment but also project management and kit selection. The new farm shop and cafe on the A5 gets 500,000 visitors per annum but only costs £6 per day to heat. This was due to a combination of new build, good design and a well thought through ground source heat pump. It was the first installation I had seen which mole ploughed the ground collector in. As was explained to us trenching is half the price of bore hole and mole ploughing is half the price of trenching. But you do need a lot of room eg 600m pipe for a 12kw heat pump system. One of the larger heating systems seen on the day (22kw GSHP) even had a new 7kw Francis hydro feeding power direct to the heat pump…sweet! we had a lot to learn and a lot to share. It’s good to look over the hedge as Patrick Begg calls it to see what others are doing. No such thing as a new idea…better to share and learn

More stuff. NIBE Ground source heat pump for the large farm shop and tea room

More stuff. NIBE Ground source heat pump for the large farm shop and tea room

more stuff. 7kw Francis hydro on the out flow of one of the ornamental kales on the estate

More stuff! New 7kw Francis hydro on the out flow of one of the ornamental lakes on the estate

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