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Econic launches recruitment drive as demand grows

Ground-source heat pump specialist Econic has launched a recruitment drive for engineers as its order book continues to grow on the back of a host of successful installations.

Econic, a Myriad CEG company, is involved in innovative ground-source heat pump (GSHP) installations for heating and cooling projects across the country.

Econic says that the rise in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments announced by the government earlier this year is driving increasing interest in its technological solutions.

It says that the RHI now provides “a major incentive” for commercial investment in ground source heat pumps.

The rates for installations have doubled for small installations and more than tripled for large ones, following a review of tariffs after a major consultation exercise.

Econic’s Managing Director Rob Gardiner said: “In the past, ground heat pump technology has presented problems for many owners of buildings looking for renewable heating and/or cooling systems, as the market has suffered from a combination of inexperienced ground-source designers and poor installations, which resulted in sub-standard systems.

“Econic’s depth of experience and geothermal technical expertise, combined with use of innovative ground energy collectors, thermal storage techniques and the latest ground source heat pump technology, is overcoming those barriers.

“We’re now looking to expand our team of engineers. We’re already anticipating a strong 12 months ahead with a number of innovative projects in the pipeline.

“There is no doubt the RHI tariff changes are playing a major part in the increasing interest in the technologies we offer. RHI will continue to be a strong driving force for the sector.

The firm has drilled the UK’s deepest closed loop boreholes, pioneering borehole depths in excess of 250 metres, as it continues to push forward at the forefront of the technology.

The Melton Mowbray-based firm is currently working with a number of major commercial clients, including health trusts and schools, on ground pump projects.

In the past 12 months Econic has installed the UKs first modulating ground energy collector to provide heating and cooling as part of a new £29 million school development in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  The system is designed to provide 15-20% improved efficiencies over a conventional closed loop GSHP providing heating and cooling.

The £325,000 ground connected heating system, which collects energy from the ground using innovative, adaptive technology, is set to be at least 15-20 per cent more efficient than a standard GSHP installation. As well as improved efficiencies, day to day operating costs are lower than conventional heat pump systems.

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