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National Trust choses Geowarmth for Fountains Abbey

When you need to heat a World Heritage Site what do you do?  The National Trust chose Geowarmth to join their design team for a plant room replacement project and install 80kW of ground source heat pumps at Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.
Following a comprehensive tender process Geowarmth were selected to install two of the new Nibe F1345 40KW ground source heat pumps in the plant room at Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre to replace lpg boilers and serve the underfloor heating system and provide a preheat to an existing domestic hot water facility.
Initially Geowarmth measured the conductivity of the ground where the ground loops were to be installed by comprehensive insitu soil heat testing.  The conductivity was modelled with the heating load profile of the building using ground loop modelling software.  Various configurations of ground loops were considered.  After evaluating the options a slinky pipe configuration was chosen.  21 slinkies each with lengths of up to 50 metres were installed and connecting pipework was brought around a car park some 200 metres to the plant room.  The tight confines of the plant room required an innovative approach of arranging some of the equipment external to the plant room.
As well as benefiting from lower running costs and a reduction in carbon emmissions the installation allows the National Trust to receive income from the Renewable Heat Incentive.
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