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Finn Geotherm scores local heat pump hat-trick

Finn Geotherm commercial director Guy Ransom (centre) and the air source heat pump being installed at the Horizon Centre, with Daniel Elmer, deputy leader of South Norfolk Council (left) and Dan Roper, portfolio holder for transformation and organisational development at Broadland District Council

UK: Norfolk-based renewable heating installer Finn Geotherm has undertaken three local projects to replace gas boilers with heat pumps which will cut carbon emissions by 66%.

The public sector decarbonisation projects involve the removal of gas boilers in South Norfolk Council and Broadland District Councils’ new shared offices in Norwich and at Diss Leisure Centre, as well as a city-centre house of multiple occupancy facility (HMO) by South Norfolk Council. 

The project for new 5000m2 Horizon Centre shared offices on the Broadland Business Park in Norwich, which commenced in December, will see two Panasonic 210kW air-source heat pumps installed by Finn Geotherm to provide all the heating, hot water and cooling. 

At Diss Leisure Centre, Finn Geotherm is replacing the existing gas boilers with three Panasonic 210kW ASHPs to provide all the facility’s pool and space heating and installing a further two 16kW heat pumps for hot water. This work is being undertaken as part of South Norfolk Council’s £4m modernisation and refurbishment project at the leisure centre. 

Finn Geotherm became the first company in Europe to install Panasonic’s large 210kW air-source heat pumps in 2021. The first installations, undertaken for the University of West London, demonstrated the potential for air-source heat pumps in large scale projects, with Finn Geotherm going on to install the 210kW air source systems in more than a dozen other public sector properties.

The third installation currently being undertaken by Finn Geotherm is the installation of two Stiebel Eltron ground-source heat pumps for an HMO in Norwich managed by South Norfolk Council. 

Linked to eight bore holes, the 63kW system will provide all the heating and hot water for the residents and replace an existing gas boiler. The heat pump will be supplemented by a 26kWp Solar PV system, linked to battery storage cells. This will enable the heat pump to run using self-generated electricity for much of the year, further enhancing the positive impact of the project on the environment.

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