Renewable Heat

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Renewable Heat

Renewable heat technologies include renewable biofuels, solar heating, geothermal heating and heat pumps.

Wind Power in the UK

As we know, the United Kingdom is a windy place, making it ideal for generating electricity with the power of wind. Using a combination of both grid connected wind farms and stand alone turbines, the UK has generated more electricity through wind power than coal power plants since 2016! In 2018 wind power contributed to 18% of electricity generation in the UK and in the first quarter of the year, wind power surpassed nucleur power for the first time ever.

Domestic renewable heat

The UK government has announced their commitment to ‘net zero’ green house gases by 2050. So how can UK residents help to contribute to this goal? These are some options of renewable heating systems you can have installed in your home. Renewable energy comes from clean sources such as sun and wind – which won’t run out. 

Solar Heat

Solar water heating or ‘solar thermal’ works by installing a solar collector – this can either be solar panels or solar evacuated tubes onto the roof of your property. Solar collectors absorb the heat from the sun and transfer it into hot water to use in your home. The flat panels or evacuated tubes should be south facing and sit at around 30°

Biomass Boiler

Similar to a conventional gas boiler, biomass boilers provide heating and hot water to your home by combusting sustainable wood pellets, chips or logs instead of using gas or oil. Biomass boilers are larger than regular boilers, which means they require more space. Biomass boilers also need additional space to store the fuel, this will ideally be somewhere convienent for deliveries and feeding the boiler.

Ground Source Heat Pump

Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) can be used to supply heat to radiators, underfloor heating, and water. GSHPs work by extracting heat from the ground and transfering it into your home, the same way fridges extract heat from food and transfer it into the kitchen. The sun heats the earth, and the earth will then store and maintain a temperature of 10°, even through winter so the heat pump can be used year round.

Air Source Heat Pump

Similar to ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps (ASHPs) can also be used to supply heat to radiators, underfloor heating, and water. ASHPs work by extracting heat from the ambient air (the temperature can be as low as -15 outside°) and transfering it into your home, the same way fridges extract heat from food and transfer it into the kitchen. The air from outside is then compressed by a pump and released at a higher temperature into your heating system.

Evidence of climate change can be seen all across the world, we have included some facts to highlight the effects of climate change on our planet.

21.2°

The temperature reached in London Kew gardens on the 26th of February 2019, making it the warmest winter day ever recorded in the UK.

3mm

The average rate at which the sea levels are rising each year. The fastest rate in 3,000 years.

120,000 km²

The amount of tropical forest that was destroyed in 2018. The world’s tropical forests are shrinking at an alarming rate – the equivalent of 30 football pitches per minute.

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