Dr Andy Pearson to present at ASHRAE district heating seminar

Dr Andy Pearson, Group Managing Director of Star Refrigeration and ASHRAE Fellow, will present a paper on ‘Low Carbon District Heating: Centralised Heat Pump Systems’ at Birmingham University on 14th of June. The open seminar event will be hosted by ASHRAE UK in association with IOR, CIBSE West Midlands, BRSA and the BEI.

Centralised heat pump systems, which draw warmth from water sources including rivers, lakes, aquifers and industrial processes and deliver low carbon heat for whole cities are a proven technology in Europe and North America and are well suited to the UK climate.

The interest in industrial sized heat pump systems for district heating in the UK has rapidly and remarkably grown over the last three years. According to Steve Gill, president of the IOR and ASHRAE UK Midlands Section, although heat networks are not a new idea, they have traditionally been seen as a very “un-British” way of delivering domestic heating.  The realisation that our carbon reduction targets cannot be met without some drastic changes to the way we live our lives has changed all that.”

Star Refrigeration has experience in the design and successful installation of industrial heat pumps. In 2011, the company deployed a large 90°C water source heat pump in the city of Drammen in Norway, which has delivered over 250 GW of clean heat to date, with overall carbon savings equivalent to driving over 10,000 times around the globe.

Using this installation as a case study example, Dr Pearson will outline the initial concept and describe the difficulties faced along the way and the ways in which they were overcome. The Drammen heat pump was one of the projects named by ASHRAE in their citation for Dr Pearson’s ASHRAE Fellowship award at the 2016 winter meeting in Orlando this year. In addition, it also won Andy Pearson the International Energy Agency’s prestigious Rittinger Award in 2014.

The seminar will take place from 18:15-19:45 on 14 June in the Mechanical & Civil Engineering Building (Room McE-G26) at Birmingham University’s Edgbaston Campus.

Admission to the open seminar is free. To book a place, visit the registration page or email ashrae.ukml@gmail.com

Astrid Prado
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Star Refrigeration
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although heat networks are not a new idea, they have traditionally been seen as a very “un-British” way of delivering domestic heating. The realisation that our carbon reduction targets cannot be met without some drastic changes to the way we live our lives has changed all that.”
Steve Gill, IOR President