It may sound too good to be true, but there is an energy revolution in our midst. We have all heard of bio-mass commercial heating in Manchester, but they traditionally run on wooden pellets. What about if we ran these industrial heating unit on waste? Well that’s exactly what Ricky Davies thought. Ricky is the managing director at Biomass Energy Coop, and came up with the idea of using existing technology in a revolutionary way. Whilst working as a manager at a gold club in Manchester, he observed the efforts of feeding their newly installed biomass heater, having to ship special wood pellets from half way across the world. The gold club was also producing a lot of biodegradable waste, especially grass cuttings.
Ricky thought why not combine the two, and having a background in renewable energy, he knew the technology quite well. And having made a few adaptations, they fed their heater with the waste, and before they knew it, they had their own self sustained commercial heating system.
But Ricky did’t stop there. Most businesses don’t have ready access to an unlimited supply of biodegradable waste, so he had to come up with another solution. Having done some research, he discovered that there were no UK distributors for biomass heating systems that were capable of burning a multitude of different materials. He went over to the Czech Republic and secured the UK rights for a special boiler system.
As a result, Mulibio was born, and quickly received certification under The Clean Air Act which allowed it to be used and recognised in the UK as a clean, renewable alternative energy source. The Multibio biomass furnaces are capable of creating energy by burning waste, but this can be any waste, from a landfill site for example.
There is still a long way to go to fully bring the system to market, and Ricky and his team of commercial heating engineers are rallying for funding through crowd funding websites.
We really hope they get the funding they need, as a waste-fueled biomass heating system would be revolutionary for the industrial heating in Manchester and our clients.
As you may well know, heating your commercial building in Manchester can be extremely expensive, with energy bills on the rise, and colder winters on the way, we show you how eco-friendly heating solutions can help reduce your expenditure, whilst helping the environment too.
Many smaller business are put off from going down the eco-friendly route, as they are worried that the initial costs can be very high, and many companies don’t have that kind of spare cash to invest in more long-term solutions, but that isn’t always the case, it isn’t always as expensive as people seem to think it is.
An ice cold breeze can creep in from almost anywhere, keeping these draughts at bay can save you loads of money. Heat can escape from gaps in doors, windows, chimneys, anywhere that is exposed to the outside world really. Blocking draughts can be done for next to nothing, even for free, so there’s no excuse not to do this.
It may seem small and trivial, but replacing your staff’s appliances in the canteen or break rooms can have a noticeable effect on the energy consumption. There are many different options available including eco-friendly kettles - just think how many brews are made in a day, it may be more that you think.
Keep an eye on the thermostat
By lowering the thermostat by just a couple of degrees will help massively in reducing your energy bills. You should also lower the temperature in the summer months so that heat is not wasted.
This is where the costs start increasing, but fitting double glazing and insulating the roofs and wall cavities if the most effective thing you can do to improve your energy efficiency and reduce heating costs.
Renewable energy solutions
Certainly the more costly option is to install renewable energy solutions. Devices like solar panels, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps are and completely self sustained energy generators. The upfront cost is high, but the long term rewards are great both for your cashflow and the environment.
If you’re concerned about the efficiency of your commercial heating in Manchester, give the experts a call today, and we can give you a free appraisal.
Whilst it may not be much of a concern for most of us, those who are fortunate enough to be able to have an outdoor heated pool in Manchester are raising their concerns to us about the rising heating prices, and with the annual cost of heating a pool ranging from £5000 to £10,000 per year, it’s understandable.
With Manchester’s GDP on the rise, and the influx of celebrities and athletes, mainly footballers, the number of times we are asked to look at pool heating has been increasing over the years.
Because of the huge volume of water in some of these pools, and the inherent nature at which they are appalling at keeping heat, a commercial heating system is required to deal with the job. It needs to produce a steady supply of heat often for prolonged periods of time, so a typical domestic boiler wouldn’t have the capacity, and simply wouldn’t be able to cope. Also reliability is a factor to consider, the heating system needs to work at full capacity, all of the time. If it unexpectedly shut down, the water would lose temperature very quickly, not idea if you’re hosting a pool party for all of your footballer mates.
The size of the pool and the usage time affects the type of system that would be best for your set up, either electric or gas powered - each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. But there are some eco friendlier options out there, like geothermal and solar heating systems.
If you would like to reduce the running cost of heating your pool in Manchester, give us a call today and we can provide a free consultation service.
As you may have heard, the future of Manchester Town Hall is hanging in the balance, and it would be a terrible shame to let this iconic 170 year old building fall by the wayside.
A series of surveys have concluded that the building itself is actually very structurally sound, and will not need any work doing to the foundations or supports, the exterior facade is also in excellent condition, but the problems lie within the internal issues. Improvements are required to future proof the building and prevent any decline. There are significant works required to improve access in public areas and to meet current health and safety legislation.
As part of this improvement work, the industrial heating system needs to be addressed. Currently it is unreliable and inefficient. It needs a complete overhaul, and an industrial standard system is required in order to effectively provide heat to the large building. The carbon footprint is too high, and the running costs are currently unsustainable.
The estimated cost for the essential work is estimated at £250m, but there is a lot of extra work that can be done in order to make the building more commercially viable, like housing offices and retail space which would bring in some much needed revenue, making the town hall more self sufficient by earning money from rent.
If funding is granted, work will start in 2019, and is estimated to take 4 years to complete. We are hoping funding will be granted to keep this beautiful building a part of our city, hopefully for a further 200 years.
With more and more building requiring commercial heating retrofits, now is the perfect time to consider working as commercial heating engineer in this exciting sector.
Because of new legislation with regards to carbon emissions produced by commercial and industrial buildings, there is a very real need for re-fits and upgrades to heating systems, not just in manchester, but throughout the world, and in a industry worth $20bn globally, it’s not a small job.
But what does it take to become a commercial heating engineer? Well there are a couple of different routs to take, you can study at college, but we think the mose successful candidates are the ones that start as apprentices, and if you work for a firm that offers training too, you’re pretty much guaranteed a position in next to no time.
To be fully qualified can take a couple of years, but because as an apprentice you’re earning whilst you’re learning, it makes much more sense to work this way. It’s also great for employers, they get help on projects, at a significantly cheaper rate, some of which is subsidised by the government.
An interest in engineering is essential, you should always love the work you do, and if you’re getting paid to do something you enjoy then your job satisfaction will be much higher.
One thing we enjoy is the various different places we get to travel to, and how no two jobs are the same. it’s hard work, but extremely rewarding too.
If you’re considering a career as a commercial heating engineer, or you’re looking for a new challenge, send us your CV and we’ll happily consider any application.
Although many people wouldn’t ordinarily associate Manchester with air conditioning, it would have been a welcome addition to their office this past week or so, with the temperature reaching a melting 32 degrees C, which is why our Manchester HVAC is so popular.
It’s been a record breaking summer, and with some parts of the country reaching temperatures hotter than the Sahara Desert, many found it too much to cope with. Even though the temperature fluctuates, it’s still forecast to maintain a steady heat, but with rain and storms also on the horizon, you can guarantee its going to be humming and uncomfortable.
Although we don’t need it all year round, our Manchester air conditioning installation services are more popular than ever. With global warming resulting in a more temperament climate, commercial buildings, especially offices, are investing in air conditioning. Keeping workers, staff and customers comfortable is essential to productivity and profitability. A hot and tired workforce is going to be less productive, and a hot sweaty customers is less likely to stay in the shop, let alone purchase anything.
We’ve heard of some offices actually closing early in the latest heatwave because temperatures were so unbearable, and this shows why air conditioning is so important. There are various different options, from stand alone units that can be installed in any space, and simply run off the mains electricity and can be independently controlled via a remote. Larger, industrial standard air conditioning installations are also available, and are more suited to larger office blocks or apartment buildings. These require more planning and installation, but are much cheaper to run, as the system shares the cold air feed throughout the building.
For a free consultation on your air conditioning in Manchester, give us a call today and we will be happy to help.
With the focus on renewable energy and clean energy increasing all the time, we look at the viability of implementing geothermal heating systems in Manchester’s commercial heating world.
It has long been passed off as an expensive and difficult operation, and has been widely disregarded as a cost effective solution. The process of extracting heat from the earth can be very costly upfront, there’s a lot of digging involved, and depending on how deep the system needs to go, a lot of materials are required. It’s an intensive operation, but many experts are heeding that we should looks at geothermal heat again.
There are of course many different ways in which to extract heat from the ground, the most popular option in the UK is a ground heat exchange. This is where a relatively shallow pit is excavated, this piping laid down much in the same way a conventional underfloor heating system would be installed. This is a great system, but it’s only really suitable for very small scale projects like housing.
For a more commercially viable solution, heat needs to be extracted from deeper in the ground, but experts are saying that as little as 10ft into the ground, the temperature can be as high as 60 degrees F. Geo systems can be up to 25% more efficient than the more conventional systems, but is this saving a big enough offset to persuade large industrial building to switch over considering the large initial outlay.
The only way we can see geothermal heating being a viable commercial heating solution in Manchester is if the material and installation costs can be reduced, otherwise we can’t see anyone wanting to fork out such a huge spend.
A landmark breakthrough in solar technological advances has been made by renewable energy specialist Lark Energy, based in the UK. It uses a solar thermal concept, generating steam from the sun’s energy. This new technology can be implemented in a number of different ways, but we’re interested in the commercial and industrial heating aspects, which could be very significant.
Known as ‘solar steam’, water is heated up inside thermal conducting tubes via an array of lenses from the sun’s energy, to such a degree that steam is created. This steam can them be used in a variety of ways.
The solar radiation is tracked throughout the day as the system automatically adjusts it’s angle, ensuring it’s always pointing in the right direction for optimal sun exposure. The system has been put through it’s paces with various phases of testing, and after a very successful year, the concept technology is now ready to go mainstream.
This system could mean the potential for a completely renewable energy source, and although the UK isn’t the sunniest place on earth, it will still be feasible, if only as an addition to existing heating sources. This means the potential savings to businesses could be immense.
You may be wondering why a solar system would be beneficial, because if it’s sunny, we don’t need to put our heating on right? Wrong, solar panels work because of the sun’s UV rays, not the sun’s heat. The panels and lenses convert the UV energy into heat, which is focused on the water in the tubes.
We will be keeping an eye on the progress of this technology, and hopefully we will be able to exploit it’s potential as a commercial heating solution in the very near future.
Wash Way Road Medical Centre Manchester contacted the commercial heating specialist team with the challenge to install a new heating system around the some 1300 people walking through the doors each day.
The current commercial heating system had failed and needed to be upgraded without causing the practice to go cold, create any noise or shut down of any water supplies. A plan was put in place to work from 6pm-6am throughout the night until work project was completed.
The existing commercial boiler was replaced with a new wall hung condensing boiler connected to new primary and secondary pump circuits. The existing controls were re-used as the management team new how to use these controls and didn’t want change. The whole system was drained down and while the new boiler was being installed all the existing radiators were power flushed with chemicals to ensure they were good as new. The new commercial boiler system was installed in just 2 days over a weekend leaving the practice warm, clean and looking like it was never touched by time the first patients walked back through the doors Monday morning.
Julie: Management Department – “Thanks for sorting out our installation. It went very well & would be happy to recommend you to others if needed”
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