Name: Glen Wakeling
Please tell us about a project you are particularly proud of – what was the problem and how did you solve it for the customer?
A project that I’m proud of is an installation I did for a customer last year who wanted the best and highest spec install he could get for his high-tech outdoor pool house and sauna facilities. His power usage for a domestic building was quite high, so I had to provide a solution which was efficient, gave him his heating, and also gave him his own yields of electricity.
For the install, I opted for a Hydrogen Fuel cell to provide heating and electricity at the capacity he needed it. Due to certain planning permissions and restrictions I also had to fit him an air source heat pump. It was definitely a challenge working around these constraints. However, this combination of solutions meant our working space was very limited and trying to fit the whole install into the plant room was certainly a challenge. This install certainly pushed the boundaries of what I was capable of and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The customer now has the most efficient system possible, while providing the necessary amount of electricity for his facilities.
Which products did you select for the job and why?
I installed a Viessmann Vitovalor, which is their Hydrogen Fuel cell that not only generates heat, but also generates electricity. I installed a ASHP (air source heat pump) as well for planning reasons being in a conservation area so I installed a Viessmann Vitocal 200A as I know it to be a reliable and highly efficient product. I also used a Elysator Purotap leader to fill the systems as the hard water in that area was quite high and I didn’t want any issues with the system moving forward. I also installed a dirt and air separator from Spirotech to further protect and maintain the efficiency of the systems.
Tell us what was different or unique about this job? Why does it stand out?
The hardest part about this job was the tiny amount of floor space I was given, I had to measure everything before installing to make sure I could physically get it in. Once the equipment was in, I struggled to work near it. The other issue was planning. Planning committees stipulated that the client had to have an ASHP, but the external unit wasn’t allowed to be seen or heard by anyone and had to be at the end of the building. I then had to trench out a run for a pre insulated pipe to stick within their design criteria.
And finally, tell us what the end result was for your customer?
The client ended up with a plant room which is fully future proofed, fully automated, incredibly efficient, and meets criteria for pay backs from the government. Plus, the system is so smart that it works out whether it is more efficient to run the pool or heating via the fuel cell or the ASHP. It’s also smart in that the excess energy from the heat pump is redirected into the pool. The customer was incredibly happy with the outcome, he even wants us to come back and do a similar install for his house.
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