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24th February 2017
Bublshop explain RHI for Air Source Heat Pumps

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22nd February 2017
Benefit from free hot water from your Solar PV.

The key to maximising the benefits of your Solar PV system is being able to use the electricity that it generates yourself. A number of manufacturers have successfully developed the technology to divert excess electricity from your PV panels, that would normally be exported, to your hot water cylinder. The immersion heater in the cylinder is then only used when supplied with free electricity from your panels.

Until recently, homes with combi boilers could not benefit in this way as a cylinder was required. British manufacture Sunamp have solved this problem by creating a heat battery that can store excess electricity in the form of heat. It can later deliver hot water, on-demand with no need for a water tank or an immersion heater.

Although the technology is considered ground-breaking, there are already over 1000 installed within the U.K and after another round of industry awards recently this number is expected to grow rapidly.  

The batteries are compact and can be installed in less than 5 hours with only minimal disruption. They are non-toxic and have an expected lifespan of 30+ years. Another major benefit is the low heat loss from the batteries when the heat is not utilised immediately. This is only a small fraction compared to that of a traditional hot water tank meaning most of the diverted heat is used, even if it’s not used straight away. Whilst the benefits when combined with your Solar PV system are clear, those without Solar can also benefit by utilizing off peak electricity tariffs to fill the battery.

For more information on the Sunamp Heat Batteries or Solar Divert systems, call Bublshop on 01747 826900.

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10th February 2017
February Giveaway

Every customer who purchases an LG Air to Water Heat Pump during February will receive an LG PH4 Portable Bluetooth Speakers. 

To place your order, call the office on 01747 8269. 

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1st February 2017
Join Bublshop Scotland for a Renewable Information Day

Bublshop Scotland are pleased to invite you to their Renewable Information event at Stirling County Cricket Club on Thursday 23rd February from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

Bublshop Scotland are a leading distributor of renewable energy systems, but one that stands out from the crowd. We offer a wide range of products at trade prices and can even offer credit accounts.

As well offering distribution services, we offer business support and training; these services are offered for free and the knowledge we have as a team is industry leading. We offer training in design, installation, surveying and even sales. We can tailor these courses to suit your individual business needs.

It is our aim to create a key support network in a growing market and so we will be holding our first information day. No matter what your background, whether you are already installing heat pumps, or are currently in the solar or biomass industry and are looking to diversify, these information days will be ideal for you.

If you feel that you and your team would benefit from any of the services that we offer or would like more information, please come along to the event.

To confirm your place, please reply to this email or call us on 01786 439169.

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1st February 2017
You are cordially invited...

Are you an architect looking to get into renewables? Looking for Continuing Professional Development events?

Bublshop Scotland are pleased to invite you to their Making the Renewable Choice event at Stirling County Cricket Club on Thursday 19th January from 2pm – 5pm.

The afternoon will focus on providing information on the latest renewable heating technology from industry professionals. There will also be networking opportunities with light refreshments provided. This event is ideal for those looking to include low-carbon heating options in their designs. The event can also count towards your Continuing Professional Development hours.

Renewable energy is becoming increasingly important with a dramatic shift in Scotland’s energy system. Renewable heat output has more than trebled since 2008 and renewable electricity has more than doubled since 2007. Scotland have ambitious renewable targets and the most stretching emissions-reduction targets in the world, with the government setting a target of 50% of Scottish energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Government incentives are set to increase this spring, making it the ideal time to install renewable technology.

If you would like any more information on the event, please get in touch and I will gladly help.

Bublshop Scotland are a leading distributor of renewable energy systems. We provide a comprehensive package which includes technical training, a full design and specification service and on-going support even after a project is complete.

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31st January 2017
How to: Complete a Property Survey

Glenn explains everything you need to know to successfully complete a property survey with scope to install an air source heat pump in a retrofit property.

This video is the first in a series of training videos designed to aid installers with the sale and installation of heat pumps.

We offer tailored training sessions, which can either be classroom based or out on site. Call us on 01747 826900 or email sales@bublshop.co.uk for more information or to arrange your free training session.  

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25th January 2017
Welcomed increase in renewable heat incentive payments

The government have recently announced a 33% increase in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments from April 2017. RHI is a financial initiative that that encourages the use of renewable heating. The incentive pays quarterly payments for seven years based on the amount of green heat generated. The tariff for air source heat pumps is set to increase to 10.02 pence per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This new tariff will be applicable to any new installations, however the increase in tariff will not commence until the regulation comes into force.

However, heat demand limits will also be introduced to limit the payments any household can receive. The heat demand limit will be set at 20,000kWh for air source heat pumps. These changes will not disqualify properties with a greater heat demand from applying to the scheme, but will just cap the amount of funding available. These changes will not come into effect until April, meaning that installations before then will receive full RHI.

Martin Perrin, Technical Director of Bublshop said: “We recommend installers should be focusing on anyone who may be considering installing an air source heat pump into a property with high heat demands to do so before April. Applications for RHI made before then will be eligible for the higher tariff and will receive payments for the full amount of green heat generated.”

For more information on RHI and Air Source Heat Pumps, contact Bublshop on 01747 826900.

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22nd December 2016
Hitachi release new heat pump product line up

Hitachi, established in Japan in 1910, pride themselves on their commitment to developing high quality, efficient, and reliable heating and air-conditioning solutions. Despite becoming a worldwide industrial corporation over the last hundred years, Hitachi are a relatively new player to the UK market. They offer a range of Air Source Heap Pumps which includes the Yutaki-M (a Monobloc), the Yutaki-S (a split unit) and the Yutaki-S80 (a high temperature unit).


Specifically designed for the UK market, the new all-in-one Yutaki-SCombi, is the fourth product in the range. The integrated indoor unit has a built-in 200 or 260L stainless steel hot water cylinder as well as the main hydraulic components such as the pump, filter and back up heater. The unit is pre-plumbed and pre-wired, simplifying the installation and reducing the internal space required. The unit also boasts a newly designed controller. The new multi-function wired remote control is compatible with all Yutaki models, meaning a single menu for all units with a dedicated installer view, wizard start-up configuration and a more intuitive menu for quick and simple commissioning. The controller also logs alarm history to assist engineers with troubleshooting. All models have been supplied with a new Cooling Kit accessory to enable both heating and cooling.

       

The new Yutaki product line up has been redesigned to meet the needs of end users and installers. These units now offer improved performance figures, with the units now having higher COPs, better seasonal efficiencies, and higher capacities. Other benefits of the Yutaki range include the use of common components, common outdoor units, and simplified designs to benefit both end users and installers. The introduction of common components and controllers minimalise product training requirements and reduces the need for carrying spares. The units are now designed for an easier installation; they are more compact for small installation spaces and are lighter for easier handling.


All Hitachi air source heat pumps are MCS approved and eligible are for the domestic and non-domestic RHI. These heat pumps all have domestic hot water Legionella Protection and come with a 5-year warranty as standard.

For more information about the Yutaki range, contact approved distributor Bublshop on 01747 826900 or email sales@bublshop.co.uk.

 

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15th December 2016
UK Government release response to RHI consultation

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced to encourage the UK to transition to low-carbon heating. The incentive scheme provides financial incentive to households and non-domestic consumers to encourage the move from conventional heating options to low-carbon alternatives.

The UK Government have proposed to implement increases in the tariffs in Spring 2017 (subject to parliamentary approval). RHI will remain available on Air Source, Ground Source, and Biomass installations. The increased tariff will be applicable to participants who apply for the scheme on or after 14 December for new installations, however the increased tariff will not come into effect until the regulations come into force.

Air Source Heat Pump 10.02 pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh)
Ground Source Heat Pump 19.55p/kWh
Biomass installations 6.44p/kWh

 

In addition to the tariff increases, heat demand limits will be introduced. These limits will be set at: 20,000kWh for Air Source Heat Pumps, 25,000kWh for biomass boilers and stoves and 30,000kWh for Ground Source Heat Pumps. However, these limits will not disqualify larger properties with higher heat demands from applying, it just will cap the amount of RHI available. There will be no heat demand limit for solar thermal.

An electricity meter will be required to be installed on all new air and ground source heat pumps applying for support under the scheme. However, the payments will still be made based on deemed heating requirements.

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2nd November 2016
Bublshop Central is taking shape

The boys are hard at work getting our Staffordshire showroom ready! Bublshop Central will be our third showroom and training centre to open. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.

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