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Renewable Technologies

Renewable Technologies such as Heat Pumps, PV, Wind etc. are being encouraged by a mixture of tariffs, Renewable Obligation Certificates and now Contract for Difference contracts on larger scale installations.

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Ground Source Heat Pumps

Technology Description

Systems which can move heat from one source i.e. the ground at a lower temperature to another location (the 'sink' or 'heat sink') at a higher temperature or vice versa.


Energy saving benefit and/or carbon reductions

  • Potentially helps reduce energy bills
  • Lower carbon emissions as far more energy efficient than conventional energy use

Upskilling advice


Product Awareness

  • Explanation of potential refrigerant gases used and compliance with regulations.
  • Suitable geological condition at the site for ground source heat pumps to be viable
  • Installing ground source heat pumps may also require substantial civil engineering works
  • Ground source heat pumps have risk of freezing the ground if calculations are not correct
  • Ground-source heat pumps need electricity to run – however the output usually greatly exceeds the required electrical input
  • To access fiscal support, equipment may have to meet MCS product requirements

Client advice

Fiscal support (grants, ‘tax breaks’ etc.)

Downloads

  • Guidance Note - Ground Source Heat Pumps
    Ground source heat pumps are powered by electricity, but for every unit of electricity used, three to four units of heat are produced. This kind of system could provide all of your home’s heating, significantly cutting your bills – and reducing the amount of harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) you release into the atmosphere.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Technology Description

Systems which can move heat from one source i.e. the ground at a lower temperature to another location (the 'sink' or 'heat sink') at a higher temperature or vice versa.

Energy saving benefit and/or carbon reductions

  • Potentially helps reduce energy bills
  • Lower carbon emissions as far more energy efficient than conventional energy use

Upskilling advice

  • Specialist upskilling/training is required for installation practice, connections and feasible applications.
  • If installing microgeneration under 50kW, you must be a certified installer under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to access fiscal support. Contact the technical team on 020 7313 4833 if you are interested in becoming a certified installer.
  • Manufacturers may provide product- specific training


Product Awareness

  • Explanation of potential refrigerant gases used and compliance with regulations.
  • Air-source heat pumps need electricity to run – however the output usually greatly exceeds the required electrical input.
  • To access fiscal support, equipment may have to meet MCS product requirements

Client advice

Fiscal support (grants, ‘tax breaks’ etc.)

 

Solar Photovoltaic (PV cells)

Technology Description

Photovoltaics (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductor technology.

Energy saving benefit and/or carbon reductions

Essentially carbon free energy generation.

Upskilling advice

  • Specialist upskilling/training is required for installation practice, connections and feasible applications.
  • If installing microgeneration under 50kW, you must be a certified installer under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to allow your clients and customers to access Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) which allows payments to be made for generating electricity. Contact the technical team on 020 7313 4833 if you are interested in becoming a certified installer.
  • Manufacturers may provide product- specific training

Product Awareness

  • Explanation of PV technology and costs.
  • Renewable sources usually require metering and other ancillary equipment
  • Shading on any part of PV cells can significantly reduce energy generation performance and must be avoided.
  • To access fiscal support, equipment may have to meet MCS product requirements

Client advice

  • Information required on feasibility up-front cost, payback, energy/carbon savings and performance*. As an MCS installer there is a requirement to adequately carry this out. (*most customers know wind and PV are ‘renewable’ –i.e. replacing fossil fuel energy – technology)

Fiscal support (grants, ‘tax breaks’ etc.)

FITs payments to your customers for generating renewable electricity.

Downloads

  • Faults with Solar PV systems
    Solar PV systems are generally very reliable, but like all electrical equipment, they can sometimes suffer from a fault. This document sets out to explain what home owners should do to get the fault resolved.
  • A Guide to Solar Electricity
    All you need to know about how to save money through the UK governments 'feed-in-tariff' and receive payments for the electricity you generate, whether you use it yourself or feed it back into the grid.
  • Guide to the Installation of Photovoltaic Systems
    The scope of this document is to provide solar PV system designers and installers with information to ensure that a grid-connected PV system meets current UK standards and best practice recommendations. It is primarily aimed at typical grid connected systems of up to 50kWp (total combined d.c. output).

Biomass, Solar, Thermal

A specialist area which is eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Requires specialist training to install and being registered with MCS in order for the client to receive the RHI.

Wind

Technology Description

Wind power is a method of generating electrical power by converting wind into electricity using wind turbine technology.

Energy saving benefit and/or carbon reductions

Essentially carbon free energy generation.

Upskilling advice

  • Specialist upskilling/training is required for installation practice, connections and feasible applications.
  • If installing microgeneration under 50kW, you must be a certified installer under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to allow your clients and customers to access Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) which allows payments to be made for generating electricity. Contact the technical team on 020 7313 4833 if you are interested in becoming a certified installer.
  • Manufacturers may provide product- specific training.

CHP

A specialist area which require knowledge of both generation and heat technologies.

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