A mystery at National Trust Wales Penrhyn Castle. Heating system head scratcher. Three meters is all we need!

Welcome to the office! I stepped out last night for a bit of a walk around my place of work...nice! But also to continue the hunt for the elusive heat distribution system which means that we can have a centralised heating system...this makes a biomass system possible!

Welcome to the office! I stepped out last evening for a bit of a walk around my place of work…nice! But also to continue the hunt for the elusive heat distribution system which means that we can have a centralised heating system…this could make a biomass system possible!

Its been a few months in the research and we have been hunting around the cellars, looking at drainage systems and under floor slabs. what have we been looking for? a way of distributing hot water around Penrhyn Castle that joins up the three boiler houses and three additional domestic heating systems. currently its oil which gets distributed. we want to avoid this! early research has shown that a heat pump is a no goer for the castle since it lacks in the radiator and pipe department. we are 3 meters short in terms of joining the current systems together. they used to be joined but now the joining bit has an air handling unit in it for heating the grand hall. Digging up the grand hall is a 100%, gold-plated, don’t go there certainty! But as ever there are options and this will be our next step. we need a dynamic heat model to figure out what sort of heat loss we are looking at to size a system (It’s a biggie in terms of work) and also need to finalise the pipe system as well as boiler house (the last bit is fairly straight forward) I was pinching myself last night as I walked around (metaphorically speaking…the pinching not the walking) that I get to work with these special places!

The grand hall and our 3 meter problem. see what i mean about the digging!

The grand hall and our 3 meter problem. See what i mean about the digging!

this and Dyffryn Garden are the last two major properties in Wales on oil. we are working to get both off oil!

Penrhyn Castle and Dyffryn Gardens are the last two major National Trust properties in Wales on oil. We are working to get both off oil!

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2 Responses to A mystery at National Trust Wales Penrhyn Castle. Heating system head scratcher. Three meters is all we need!

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Keith,

    Love the blog.

    I think you might need to borrow a Horizontal Well Drilling rig.

    eg

    http://www.directionaltech.com/horizontal-well-drilling/

    Best of luck.

  2. I can still remember my visit to Penrhyn. Built by the owners of the huge slate quarries nearby, some of the largest (and most impressive) features were slate. That floor looks to be something else though?

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