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Article Date: 3rd April 2013

Danfoss - Developer Sees Heat Pumps as Ideal Solution for Care Homes

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A care home provider is reaping the benefits of renewable energy and savings on its energy bills after specifying heat pumps from Danfoss for six of its Ideal Care Homes across the North and Midlands.

LNT Group, based in Leeds, appointed renewable energy installer Q-Gen, based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, to install Danfoss’ DHP-H Opti Pro ground source heat pumps for the care homes, as part of generating 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. The move came about after Lawrence Tomlinson, the entrepreneurial chairman of LNT Group, challenged his construction company to use renewable energy in order to provide a more affordable, sustainable source of energy for the care homes they build.

Christine Cooper, Managing Director of LNT Construction, said: “We are really proud that we are running sustainable and energy efficient heating systems in our homes. Although this has involved a major capital investment, it will be paid back within eight years, which makes good commercial sense for the LNT Group as well as helping us towards becoming carbon neutral in the longer term.”

Christine adds: “We chose ground source heat pumps because we recognised the efficiency they offered, which gave us a much greater energy output over other renewable energy sources. We are always reviewing ideas and new technologies to ensure that we deliver the most efficient and cost-effective build to our customers.”

Each care home has been built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, with all the six homes also featuring solar thermal, which uses the sun’s energy to generate hot water during the daytime. LNT Construction used the most energy efficient method of heat distribution for the care homes by using underfloor heating, rather than radiators. Ideal Care Homes expects it will save 40 per cent on its annual energy bills, as a result of the heat pumps.

Q-Gen was chosen to carry out the installation, as it is an approved Danfoss installer with a great deal of experience in both the domestic and commercial sector.

Two DHP-R 42kW were specified for each of the six homes, with energy sourced from a number of 100m deep bore holes sunk in the ground near the care homes. Q-Gen advised that this provided the most effective method of generating a consistent level of heat energy for the homes, which also did not have the land available for laying horizontal ground loops.

Q-Gen is currently completing its sixth care home installation for Ideal Care Homes at Haydock in Merseyside. This follows installations at care homes in Newark, Castleford, Leicester, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Wigan.

Liz MacFarlane, Director of Q-Gen, said: “We worked closely with Danfoss on this project and their technical expertise has been second to none. We have been a Danfoss approved installer for three years and are well aware of the quality of their products, which gives us the reassurance that Ideal Care Homes will enjoy many years of reliable, efficient service from their heat pumps.”

Chris Dale, Director of Danfoss Ltd, says: “By investing in ground source heat pumps Ideal Care Homes has chosen a highly energy efficient method of providing heating and back-up hot water to its new residential care homes. This will help to minimise the carbon footprint of each building, as well as protecting the company against the rising cost of conventional fuels.”

The DHP-R ground source heat pump, which is a large capacity heat pump, is perfect for care homes, featuring a compact design and wide range of functions. This means it fits within a smaller footprint in the plant room and also requires just one electric feed. Another benefit with the DHP-R ground source heat pump is that the brine is integrated within the unit, whereas with some other systems it involves a separate unit, meaning the Danfoss heat pumps offer a simpler installation.

This particular heat pump provides energy efficient heating and comfort cooling and is renowned for producing hot water quickly and efficiently. It is also available with Danfoss’ sophisticated control and monitoring system, known as Danfoss Online.

Not only are heat pumps comfortable and energy efficient, there will be cost advantages too. LNT Construction has been able to take advantage of the Commercial RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive), which provides a tariff payment for every kW of energy produced by the heat pump and the solar thermal system.

Grants are available for commercial heat pump installations through the Renewable Heat Incentive, for more information visit www.decc.gov.uk.

Danfoss Ltd has extensive experience in the manufacture of heat pump systems for homes, schools, community buildings, developers, local authorities, housing associations and self builders. The company works through an approved network of installers, one of which is Q-Gen. Q-Gen is an MCS-accredited installer, which specialises in both commercial and domestic heat pump installation.

LNT Construction and Ideal Care Homes are part of the business portfolio of serial entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson, who is one of the top 200 richest men in Britain. Ideal Care Homes has 34 care homes across the North and Midlands and is committed to offering a personalised level of care in a contemporary and relaxing environment.

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