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Providing renewable energy to social housing

Renewable Energy is generally defined as, “energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished” …such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.

Within the social housing market, selective harnessing of these renewable sources of energy can replace conventional fuels, which can have a direct impact on the lives of property residents when it comes to electricity generation, air heating and hot water.

PH Jones can install technologies that harness our natural sunlight to generate heat and electricity. We can take small amounts of heat from the outside air or ground, to produce higher temperature heat. We can also install technologies that generate their own electricity, and we have the capabilities to install technologies that burn fuel from sustainable sources.

Solar PV

Solar PV is a reliable and proven technology. It uses energy from the sun to provide electricity to power everyday electrical equipment like household appliances, computers and lighting. It doesn’t need direct sunlight to produce electricity, only daylight so it still works even in winter. In most cases you don’t even need planning permission to install them.

Solar PV panels can be placed on almost any building surface that faces south, or to the south of east or west. They are normally located on roofs and we do recommend that panels are fitted to pitched roofs although our experts will recommend what is best for you and your home as part of our service.

PH Jones are fully accredited installers and can provide a full Solar PV service starting from the designing a system that suits you, DNO registration, installation, commissioning and handover.

Solar Thermal

Solar Thermal is a clean, highly efficient means of using renewable energy from the sun to provide hot water. Systems can provide up to 50% of an annual hot water requirement under optimum conditions.

Its panels, also known as “collectors”, are fitted at a specific angle on the roof. They contain a fluid – usually anti-freeze – which is then heated up by the sun’s rays. The heated fluid is then pumped through a coil which transfers the stored heat to the water. A boiler or immersion heater can then top up the heat to the temperature set by a thermostat.

PH Jones can help homes and businesses to use clean and highly efficient thermal energy from the sun to provide hot water. While Solar PV panels use energy from the sun to generate electricity, Solar Thermal heating systems use the sun’s heat to generate hot water.

ASHP & GSHP

Renewable Energy – Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) & Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)

Heat pumps use a small amount of energy to extract heat from the ground or the air, and deposit that heat wherever it’s needed – inside a house, office, block of flats or public building.

They can also be run in reverse to provide low cost cooling. They only need to use one unit of electricity to deliver three or four units of heat, potentially making them up to 300% efficient, under optimum conditions.

Since heat pumps do not require connection to the gas grid and because they work reliably without the need for additional fuel delivery or storage they are an ideal solution for customers living in remote off-gas areas who use oil, LPG, or coal to heat their homes.

For more detail on Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps, please visit British Gas, national leaders in designing all heat pump systems.

PH Jones are an accredited installer of Air Source Heat Pumps and we can provide tailored solutions to suit your housing stock.

Biomass Systems

A Biomass System burns wood (usually pellets, chips or logs) to power central heating and hot water boilers and will deliver substantial fuel cost and carbon savings for a majority of properties in the housing (retrofit & new), rural estates, public, commercial and domestic sectors.

Through British Gas Heat Networks, PH Jones can provide a service which includes the design, procurement, project management, installation, commissioning and maintenance of biomass and/or gas fired District and Communal Heating Systems, Our national team offer a full range of fuel supply, storage and management solutions, as well as leading edge heat metering and billing facilities.

Plus with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) there is also the option of providing a substantial cash benefit for all owners of biomass (wood fuelled) boilers.

Micro CHP

Micro-CHP’ stands for Micro Combined Heat and Power. This technology generates heat and electricity simultaneously, from the same energy source, in individual homes or buildings. The main output of a micro-CHP system is heat, with some electricity generation.

Any electricity you generate and don’t use can be sold back to the grid. Fuel Cell boilers are a great example. Simply put, a fuel cell boiler integrates a fuel cell with a central heating boiler, enabling customers to generate electricity in their home whilst also providing heat for radiators and the hot water tank. The more cells there are, the more electricity and heat that can be generated.

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