National Trust Northern Ireland renewables hot housing. Giants, Castles and Thrones

Castle Ward on the shores of Strangford Loch is a possible site for lots of options to heat and manage its energy.

The stunning Castle Ward on the shores of Strangford Loch is a possible site for lots of options to heat and manage its energy. My new Panasonic Lumix Lx100 is getting come nice images (makes me look good)

From Wednesday to Friday five of us from the National Trust Renewable Energy Investment Program were over working with the team in Northern Ireland assessing the potential for renewable energy solutions across this stunning part of the world. Coast to coast, castles to mansions. We looked at possibilities for every conceivable energy option. Kate Noble and the team over in Northern Ireland have been busy with renewables for example they have been installing medium biomass for the last five or so years at the rate of two a year. Paul, Mike, Sara, Ed, Myself and Kate were looking at what the future would look like if another gear was engaged. I was glad to hear that the possible hydro at Patterson’s Spade mill was now fully consented. I was also there to learn about the difference in support mechanisms  (ROC’s until April 2017 – no Fits. RHi banding was different, consenting system and so on). The potential is there it’s now down to the planning and feasibility as ever. Looking forward to going back to help the driven team over the water

Last time Paul and i were at the Giants cause way it was a giant building site. the new visitor building on the right is like nothing i have seen before. The energy systems are also cutting edge

Last time Paul and I were at the Giants Causeway it was a giant building site. The new visitor building on the right is like nothing I have seen before. The energy systems are also cutting edge

in case you were not sure of its uniqueness here it is up close. It was the fist site i have seen with a heat recovery and heat pump on the grey water recycling scheme. Ingenious!

In case you were not sure of its uniqueness here it is up close. It was the first site i have seen with a heat recovery and heat pump on the grey water recycling scheme. They also use the building slab as a trombe wall, use sea air to manage the internal environment and the list went on.  Ingenious!

at Castle Ward the castle did cause a stir in some. Something called Winterfell in a little tv program called Game of Thrones. Probably a local program as i have not seen it.

Castle Ward old castle did cause a stir in some. This was the site of something called Winterfell in a little tv program called Game of Thrones. Probably a local program as I have not seen it.

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