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Rural heat pump project launched by Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

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A 6.2MW ground source heat pump system has been unveiled by the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed and Secretary of State for International Trade.

The high capacity system, one of the largest in the country and named “Annie” after Ms Trevelyan, was installed by Calibrate Energy Engineering at its head office in North Northumberland. It will provide district heating for 11 houses, heat for the new head office (once complete) and energy for the new factory, which makes eco-friendly wood, compost and fertilizer briquettes. 

Delivering a total energy efficiency of 650%, the heat pump project will benefit from a significant financial return from the RHI tariff and further reduces both the company’s use of fossil fuels, as well as its impact on the environment.

Ms Trevelyan, who arrived on site in a Landrover Defender, was praiseworthy of the company’s mission to drive down carbon emissions, in-line with the Government’s agenda to reach carbon zero by 2050. During the tour, the former Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change spoke of her love of engineering and technology, and highlighted the need for the country to more eco-friendly energy solutions. 

Having cut the ribbon to officially launch the new system, the Minister commented:

“Calibrate have turned a series of rural sheds on disused land into an impressive set-up to showcase the true benefits of going carbon-free. I was impressed by the expertise of the team and the sheer scale of the Ground Source Heat Pump they have installed to heat and chill the office and fuel briquette factory.

“We need more progressive renewables companies to drive the carbon agenda and support businesses to reach the zero-carbon goal. In the most part, these are not new technologies, but they remain in the shadow of how things have always been done. A lot of education is needed from companies like Calibrate to help the country to understand the benefits more, be it financial or environmental, and make the switch to fossil-free.”

The innovative strategy for the site will see Calibrate install a second stage to generate electricity through green gas and ultimately hydrogen. This will be used in the onsite process, with excess fed back to the grid at designated times, to ease the pressure and allow for balanced energy usage. 

Following the launch, local businesses were invited to see the project and meet the experts behind it, with Susie McDonald, company director, saying:

“These open events are a great way to share our expertise on how to move away from more traditional energy sources to a much lower carbon solution. Many businesses want to switch to fossil-free but don’t yet understand the savings they could make longer term. This is where we can help through Calibrate Analytics, our innovative tool that assesses business’s energy use and recommends the most efficient switch from traditional to renewable sources for a more sustainable future both financially and environmentally.”

To date Calibrate have installed 300MW of heat pumps, over 100 combined heat & power (CHP) systems and prevented the release of almost 10,000 tonnes (and counting) of carbon into the atmosphere. Further information on the company, as well as their contact details, can be found here.


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