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Farm based ground source heating project celebrated at awards

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The installers of a renewable energy project on a farm in Scotland have received the 2024 award for non-domestic ground source heat pump at the recent ACR & Heat Pump Awards.

The 2-phase 3MW ground source heat pump system was installed at the fruit processing business by Calibrate Energy Engineering, to provide the large amounts of heat and chill required for the farmer’s products to be processed and stored in premium condition.

The pioneering systems that Calibrate designed and installed, the first in 2021 and the expansion in 2023, reportedly ensured minimal business disruption, as the heat pumps’ plantroom was built offsite enabling a swift and trouble-free connection once the ground pipework was completed. A key requirement was responsive and intelligent controls to ensure that the system was adaptive to the daily needs of the business, whose success lies on exacting temperatures and conditions and ultra efficient energy performance to save costs and reduce carbon footprint. 

Calibrate have now received the award four times, with a fifth ‘Installer of the Year’ accolade presented in a previous year. The company provide intelligent, hands off, commercial heating, chilling and electricity generating solutions to high energy-use industries.

Commenting on the win, Jack Smales, managing director of Calibrate said:

“To be recognised again at this prestigious event in a category that is very much the pinnacle of our business has been another rewarding experience. These awards showcase the best of the industry and demonstrate the highest level of knowledge and expertise, so it is great to be win against other ground-breaking suppliers and projects.

“Aside of our accolade, what is more important is the costs and carbon savings that this and many of our clients are now saving as a result of these alternative technologies. A change in mindset on how we heat and chill our processes and spaces results is an outcome that is far kinder to the planet and purse.”

The award was presented by Mr Axel Blake, 2022 winner of Britain’s Got Talent, and accepted by Calibrate’s marketing manager Emma Tandy (far left of above picture).


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