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Northumberland engineering firm unveils new 'sustainable' heating system for high energy businesses

A Northumberland-based engineering firm has unveiled its new 6.2mW Ground Source Heat Pump at its own head office.

Calibrate Energy’s high capacity system is one of the largest in the country and will provide heating for the new head office once built, district heating for 11 houses, and energy to run the new factory, which makes eco-friendly wood, compost and fertilizer briquettes.

The company states the pumps would usually be used by high energy businesses.

The firm also claims, it will benefit from a significant financial return from the RHI tariff (the Government’s rebate programme for renewable technologies). This is based on the credentials of the pump, which delivers a total energy efficiency of 650 per cent, reducing fossil free usage and impact on the environment.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Trade of United Kingdom, who was present at the launch, said: “Calibrate have turned a series of rural sheds on disused land into an impressive set-up to showcase the true benefits of going carbon-free.

“We need more progressive renewables companies to drive the carbon agenda and support businesses to reach the zero-carbon goal. In the most part, these are not new technologies, but they remain in the shadow of how things have always been done.

“A lot of education is needed from companies like Calibrate to help the country to understand the benefits more, be it financial or environmental, and make the switch to fossil-free.”

Susie McDonald, director for Calibrate said: “These open events are a great way to share our expertise on how to move away from more traditional energy sources to a much lower carbon solution. Many businesses want to switch to fossil-free but don’t yet understand the savings they could make longer term.

“This is where we can help through Calibrate Analytics, our innovative tool that assesses business’s energy use and recommends the most efficient switch from traditional to renewable sources for a more sustainable future both financially and environmentally.”

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