Robinson College, Cambridge
Following an initial feasibility study and successful applications to the Environment Agency for the appropriate permissions, Robinson College has asked ICAX to install a water source heat pump to meet the base load of its heating and hot water requirements by heat exchange with Bin Brook which runs through the college grounds.
Surface water heat pump is chosen by Robinson College
The surface water heat pump at Robinson College transfers heat from Bin Brook to heat the college in winter and provide hot water all year round. ICAX is using heat pumps and a sophisticated energy management system to provide a totally automated system that balances the temperature in the building by heat exchange with the temperature of the water in the brook that runs through the college gardens.
A high temperature heat pump has been installed to deliver temperatures similar to those issued by the original gas boilers. The existing gas boilers are being retained as a back-up to supplement the water source heat pump on cold days.
The benefits of using a surface water heat pump are that this:
- reduces the annual cost of heating (in conjunction with RHI income)
- reduces carbon emissions by recycling heat from Bin Brook into the college
- reduces annual maintenance needs
- provides cooling in summer as well as heating in winter from one integrated system
- installs a safe, silent, invisible heating system which meets all planning requirements
- invests in a heating and cooling system that will last for generations
- reduces the need to import or burn fuel in Cambridge.
The ICAX heating installation at Robinson College emits no gases into the atmosphere and plays its part in improving the Air Quality in Cambridge.