FireChill has launched a range of energy-efficient, gas-fired heat pumps that convert a heat source into a stream of chilled water via an efficient ammonia absorption cycle.
Able to utilise heat from both ground and air, they’re available in outputs ranging from 35 kW to 100 kW - the units can be used in both residential and commercial environments.
They’re also approved for outdoor installation and can be powered by natural gas, propane, LPG or light oil.
Using the company’s absorption technology platform combined with a range of specially developed components it’s claimed the range offers both competitive efficiency and price.
A fully integrated family of products will follow the entry level AHP 40, together with reversible units, to match the British summer/winter requirements.
Howard Atkin, head of technology development, says; “Gas-fired absorption heat pumps are the future for domestic and light commercial heating. First we had coal fire with an efficiency of 2 per cent, followed by gas fire with an efficiency of 50 per cent, then gas central heating with an efficiency of 60 per cent, and the condensing boiler with an efficiency of 90 per cent.”
“The AHP 40 makes the next leap to a fuel use efficiency of over 150 per cent. Our heat pump will reduce both carbon emissions and energy bills by a third since up to 40 per cent of the output of the AHP 40 is effectively renewable energy”.
Simon Clothier, FireChill’s CEO says: “We are delighted to be entering the UK market for the first time with a home-grown, British-designed and engineered product. This move also underlines how Britain is leading the way in developing new, planet-friendly, clean tech products; FireChill is now in the fortunate position of being able to provide its customers with choice – green heating as well as green cooling.
“Our technology team has given us a world beating product and our UK manufacturing team can now deliver at competitive prices for today’s cost conscious marketplace. The new heat pumps contain 80 per cent of the components currently used in the chillers, which means we can pass on the majority of those volume savings to both our heating and cooling customers”.
The AHP will be available exclusively through FireChill accredited distributors from mid-2011 onwards.