GI Energy Saves 40m Tonnes of Carbon Emissions
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Ground Source Energy Systems has reached a milestone of 40 million tonnes of carbon emissions saved, since it began in 2000. GI Energy is the leader in the design and installation of this energy producing technology in the UK. The technology used is a heating and cooling system which utilises the heat that is naturally stored in the earth. This innovative form of energy is used in central heating systems.
Based in Coventry, GI Energy has managed to save the equivalent of one year’s worth of carbon emissions for Slovakia, thus far in the UK. It managed this target earlier this month with the combination of savings from its 200MW network of installations. Celebrations are worthy of this milestone, and the extremely efficient method that heats and cools buildings was implemented by Mr Brian Davidson after seeing this technology and his resultant decision to found GI Energy.
Director of Development for GI Energy, Mr Chris Davidson has said that this contribution to carbon emission savings is just the beginning, with a great future ahead in both reducing the carbon footprint and energy bills. He continued that for every kilowatt of power used to run the system, four kilowatts of heating and six kilowatts of cooling are generated, effectively using heat from the sun which is naturally stored in the earth. The system works on a network of pipes called earth loops which are laid underground and then connected to a relay of heat pumps. Liquid that is passed through these loops extract heat from the ground and it is then channeled into central heating systems for temperature control. The cooling process is a reversal of the heating process.
This system has already been installed by GI Energy in several buildings, including schools, universities, commercial developments, hospitals and district heating schemes, to name but a few, and has also been embraced by Sainsbury’s, who have decided to install this system in three of its’ stores, namely Carlisle, Rustington and East Kilbride, with long term repair and maintenance as part of the agreement. Oxford University is one of the flagship projects of GI Energy with more to come. Government recognised this contribution by almost trebling the Renewable Heat Incentive payments to 10.2% per KWh of generated heat.
Future projects include London Bridge Railway Station, Stonehenge, The Lexicon in Islington and Kensington Gardens Royal Park.
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