As experts in all types of heat pumps – in this case a Gas Absorption Heat Pump, Kimpton Service and Maintenance are pleased to announce that we have secured the ongoing maintenance contract at University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port.
UCEA is a secondary school based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire that was created back in 2009 by the merger of Cheshire Oaks High School and Ellesmere Port Specialist School of Performing Arts. In 2012 the school moved to a single campus at Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port.
The school, which is part of the University of Chester Academies Trust welcomes over 500 students to the new state of the art building and was designed from the outset to reduce energy consumption. Contributing towards their low energy consumption they have installed efficient air handling equipment and heat generation from low carbon gas absorption heat pumps, backed up by highly efficient condensing gas boilers. Gas absorption heat pumps (GAHP) are relatively new to the market but making a big impact.
A gas absorption heat pump, can probably best be described as an air-source heat pump that uses gas burners to heat an ammonia/water mix within the system. The more common Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) uses electricity to compress the refrigerant gas. You can read how a conventional ASHP works over here.
Like the ASHP, the gas absorption heat pump works by capturing and converting energy from the ambient air around us. Its inner workings are not easy to explain in a few lines, but swap the electrical compressor for a series of gas burners and the concept is quite similar. Here’s a diagram to explain it.
The big advantage is that they can operate as much as 150% more efficiently than a conventional gas boiler and as such, the savings in ongoing running costs are significant as well as the reduction in carbon produced. With rising energy costs and increasing demands for decarbonisation, lower EPC’s and greener energy, this is very much a win-win-win for UCEA.
All of these require ongoing maintenance to retain their respective efficiencies and this is where Kimpton’s Maintenance Team come in. Our role will be to ensure that through an agreed planned preventative maintenance programme, we ensure that the systems continue to function as designed and we absolutely minimise the risk of breakdown or failure of the systems into the longer term.