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- August 2013

Where are renewables now? 15 August 2013
The RHI will ultimately become instrumental in the growth of the UK's renewable energy market - but where are we at this time? FETA puts the renewable energy market into its current context.

The solar thermal hot water revolution 15 August 2013
AO Smith has produced a high performance system consisting of solar thermal panels feeding into an SGE or SGS condensing gas water heater, with an intelligent control system to optimise energy use and minimise energy costs.

The rise of compact solar integration 15 August 2013
When using solar for the generation of domestic hot water, cylinders with twin coils are typically installed, but a new method for hot water generation integrates solar into a direct gas-fired water heater. Kevin Potter explains.

Rewards and reductions with ASHP 15 August 2013
With an increasing focus on lower carbon energy and growing support from Government incentive schemes, contractors and engineers are waking up to the potential of renewable energy. Chris Davis considers what makes air source heat pumps such an attractive option for commercial buildings.

The value of ground source heat pumps 15 August 2013
With ground source heat pumps becoming an increasingly attractive option across commercial applications, Phil Hurley looks at the factors currently driving market growth - and which will have the biggest impact in the years to come.

Forestry fuels heating revolution 15 August 2013
A growing number of businesses, households, farms and estates are making the move to wood energy, drawn by technology with excellent green credentials, cost savings and long-term income from the Renewable Heat Incentive. Neil Harrison and Ben Tansey of re:heat explain.

The renewable of the moment 15 August 2013
Jeff House considers the significant contribution of biomass energy solutions in achieving UK climate change goals

Integrating LZCs to the max 15 August 2013
As low carbon heat sources are used more extensively within integrated heating systems it's important to design systems to exploit the advantages they offer and deliver maximum efficiency. Graham Rodd explains.

The environmentally and cost effective (older) chiller 15 August 2013
Trevor Dann discusses the use of ThermOzone's Re-Chill concept product to address older chillers and environmental concerns

Risk-free renewable hot water 15 August 2013
The HSV Thermal Store from Lochinvar is a groundbreaking approach to producing commercial hot water supplies from renewables while also eliminating the risk of Legionnaires' disease.

Making the move to 70:40 14 August 2013
Significant efficiency improvements in heating systems can be achieved by reducing flow:return temperatures to 70°C:40°C. Lars Fabricius explains how this influences almost every aspect of system design.

Has heating efficiency hit a stumbling block? 14 August 2013
Achieving the best efficiencies from heating and hot water systems is only possible when components are free from sludge and limescale build up. Ian Barnes outlines the key considerations for cleaning and protecting heating systems, highlighting best practice in both areas.

Water treatment alone cannot solve all problems 14 August 2013
Martin Wilkinson firmly believes that a holistic approach to water conditioning and its control - from bottom to top level system management - is vital to achieving efficient, reliable operation and longevity of plant

The right combination 14 August 2013
Francine Wickham looks at how chemical water treatments and in-line filters work hand-in-hand to provide the ultimate protection for commercial heating systems

Don't lose momentum with 'going green' 14 August 2013
Cathryn Hickey from the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, urges the building services engineering sector to keep the momentum going in regards to delivering and promoting greener and more energy efficient ways to heat and light Britain's buildings

Energy auditing in practice 14 August 2013
Energy audits scrutinise your site's energy use to assist in identifying measures for cost and energy savings. They are an essential part of the effective control of energy costs and consequently form an important part of energy management practice. Mark Hobbins explains

Accrediting biomass installers in the North 14 August 2013
David Wright talks about Schiedel's new renewables training centre

Keeping downtime to a minimum with press fit 14 August 2013
At the Forest School in Horsham, a boys comprehensive set in 20 acres and teaching over 1000 pupils, the refurbishment of an antiquated heating system by contractor, BSW Building Services, was helped along the way by easy-to-fit and test pipe-fittings from Geberit

Bisset focusses on business principles 13 August 2013
New B&ES president Bruce Bisset is proud of Galloway Group's status as a modern company with an international customer base that can also draw on a rich local engineering heritage.

Fulfilling solutions through knowledge 13 August 2013
Products need to be more than innovative and they need to work in the real world, says Martin Lowe, joint managing director of Marflow Hydronics.

Putting the strategy into solar 13 August 2013
Summer 2013 saw the launch of the Government's first strategy for solar energy in a move which marks the sector's 'coming of age' according to Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. Mark Elliott explains.

EC ruling defeat dispels heat pump and radiator myths 13 August 2013
High output, low water content radiators are the perfect emitter for low temperature systems, argues Nick Whitwell, managing director of Quinn Radiators, as he welcomes the defeat of a European proposal to label radiators as unsuitable for use with heat pumps.

Traversing the maze of boosting performance 13 August 2013
The demand for pressure boosting has grown consistently in recent years as a result of taller buildings, more condensed living, inconsistent site pressure and reduced mains pressure. These factors combined with the need to reduce the plant room size into the smallest possible footprint, has made the selection process much more complex, says Glynn Williams