Falmouth-based geothermal company EarthEnergy has received a Cornwall Sustainability award for installing renewable energy heating systems in social housing.
Brian Kennelly, EarthEnergy’s managing director, said: ‘We are delighted to win this award because we believe that ground source heat pumps are the future of heating. They provide central heating and hot water, with bills which people really can afford, and at the same time reduce both our carbon footprint and our reliance on fossil fuels.’
In partnership with Powergen and Calorex, a Maldon, Essex-based manufacturer of heat pumps, and working initially with Penwith Housing Association, EarthEnergy helped develop a geothermal heating and hot water solution specifically for the
EarthEnergy is part of the GeoScience Group, which was formed over 20 years ago as a spin-off from the hot dry rock research work led by Dr Tony Batchelor at the Camborne School of Mines, now part of the Combined Universities of Cornwall (CUC) partnership
Ground source heat pumps use renewable geothermal energy and are one of the most cost effective ways of reducing the carbon footprint of a building. The heat pump works like a refrigerator extracting low temperature energy from the ground and amplifying it to a higher temperature for heating systems such as radiators or underfloor heating. Operating in reverse, heat pumps can efficiently cool a building in the summer.