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Kensa launches dedicated ground source learning facility

Kensa Heat Pumps has launched a programme of free monthly training days, delivered in a specially created learning facility in Exeter College and dedicated to ground source heat pumps.

Kensa Heat pumps has partnered with Exeter College to offer free monthly training days.

Kensa has formed a partnership with Exeter College, a leading centre of excellence for training in the heating and plumbing industry. Together, they have created a unique resource for installers of ground source heat pump technology, using working examples of Kensa ground source heat pump systems.

Heat pumps play a crucial part in the Government’s renewable energy strategy. Recently, the Committee for Climate Change stated that a minimum of 2.5 million heat pump installations are required by 2030, in order to deliver an accelerated roll-out of low carbon heat for the planned fossil fuel phase-out for buildings off the gas grid.  

In an effort to encourage heating and plumbing engineers to familiarise themselves with the technology, Kensa is offering free one-day training courses at the new facility, based in the Devon and Exeter Construction Training Centre. The response so far has been positive, with dates in March and April already fully booked.

The training covers all aspects of ground source, including the specification, application, design and installation of a Kensa ground source heat pump system. It features a mixture of classroom-based theory and plenty of practical ‘hands-on’ learning.

The facility showcases products from Kensa’s award-winning ground source heat pump range, including Kensa’s latest product innovation, the Evo Series, which recently won ‘Heat Pump Product of the Year’ at the National ACR and Heat Pump Awards 2018, and ‘Best Sustainable Product’ at the Build It Awards 2017. It has also been shortlisted for ‘Domestic Heating Product of the Year’ at the H&V News Awards 2018, with winners being announced in April.

Installers are able to interact and analyse the working systems, which are piped up to buffer tanks, cylinders and ground arrays, as well as an example of a bivalent heat pump set up featuring a traditional boiler. New for 2018, the training will also include fully costed project examples for installers to work through, which outline how they can give customers the best returns from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Darren Veal, commissioning engineer at Kensa, is delivering the training. He said: “We know how essential it is that installer training involves a practical element, so Kensa is excited to launch its 2018 training days in this new facility, specially created in partnership with Exeter College, where we can showcase fully working ground source heat pump systems.

“The 2018 course material includes some new elements, such as innovative heat pump system architecture, designed to show installers new scenarios in which they can specify ground source heat pump technology, widening their business opportunities.”

Jim Dowling, managing director of Oxford Renewables, said: “Our team attended a ground source heat pump training session with Kensa in March. As market leaders, they really know what they are talking about and their technical knowledge is first class. 

“Our background is in installing biomass boilers for domestic and commercial customers, so we see ground source heat pumps as a great compliment to our portfolio of renewable technology offerings. We are working with Kensa to help us promote and sell the technology.” 

Available spring/summer dates are as follows:

•    Monday May 14 2018
•    Monday June 4 2018
•    Monday July 2 2018

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If you cannot attend on these dates, or are not within travelling distance of the Exeter College facility, Kensa may be able to offer a bespoke solution to your training needs.

29 March 2018


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