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

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.

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 for more information or to arrange your free training session.  

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.