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Tyburn Covent - Bunsen Air Installation

Tyburn Covent - Bunsen Air Installation

This month saw the installation of four Bunsen Air | Thermodynamic Hot Water Systems, on the premises of Tyburn Convent in London

Solar energy company JEM Energy - installers of the Bunsen Air | Thermodynamic Hot Water System, were recently commissioned with not one… but four Bunsen Air installations on Tyburn Convent in London

Tyburn Convent was established in 1903, near the site of the Tyburn Tree Gallows - famous for hosting the executions of a number of historical and well-known public figures (including Oliver Cromwell and Roger Mortimer).

More importantly for the Tyburn Nuns though, is the Martyrs' Shrine at their Convent where more than 350 Catholic Martyrs are honoured, and of whom there are 105 known Martyrs to have been executed on the Tyburn Tree Gallows. They witnessed to their faith by dying for it during the Reformation, including among others St Edmund Campion and St Oliver Plunkett. The Sisters keep the memory of the Martyrs alive and pilgrims and tourists from all over the world visit the Shrine of the Martyrs at Tyburn

The convent is now home to an enclosed order of Benedictine sisters, who still form a community within its walls. https://www.tyburnconvent.org.uk/

Looking for a Modern and Renewable Water Heating Solution

JEM Energy got word that the convent was looking to modernise their water heating methods earlier this year, and that they were hoping to introduce a reliable, renewable source of water heating to the building, which would still ensure that the sisters residing there, would be provided with enough hot water all year round, and not just during hotter months.

The only way to guarantee renewable hot water all year round, is with thermodynamic water heating technology. Solar thermal systems, and other similar hot water heaters, simply cannot be relied upon for the entire year, as they still require a back-up method of water heating to generate hot water during cooler months of less sun exposure.

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Installing Four Bunsen Air | Eco Water Heating Systems

Due to the size of the convent, access points to water cylinders and pipe work, and the number of people living there (who would all require hot water on a daily basis), it was decided that an installation of four thermodynamic hot water systems - would best suit everyone’s needs.

One double Bunsen Air system was connected to a larger hot water cylinder, alongside another Bunsen | Thermodynamic Water Heating System, which was connected to a smaller cylinder. One further Bunsen Air was installed on the far side of the convent... so four Bunsen Air systems were installed in total.

As the Bunsen’s solar collector panels needed to be relatively close to the internal Bunsen Air Units, some of the thermodynamic hot water panels were double stacked twice, so they were infact… quad-stacked on a side wall.

This does not impact their operational levels, it just saves on space, and ensured that the specialist refrigeration pipe work connecting the external and internal components of the thermodynamic water heaters wouldn’t be over-stretched!

According to all accounts, and despite being one of JEM Energy’s more challenging installation commissions, this large scale installation went extremely well, with all four Bunsen Air systems connected comfortably, making Tyburn Convent a fantastic example of the greatest possibilities when it comes to modern renewable systems being integrated into very old, and in this case – historic settings… and how these possibilities can easily become reality.

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 Bunsen Air reviews from the Convent

Since their quadruple Bunsen Air installation, Tyburn Convent has contacted JEM Energy to say that they are so happy with their Bunsen Air | Thermodynamic Water Heating systems, they would like to install a further 2 on the building and its grounds!

JEM Energy can only say how honoured they are to have been able to provide this service to Tyburn, and that they are so glad to have installed the Bunsen Air as the convent’s chosen system for hot water.

“Thank you for choosing us, and trusting us to install our modern renewable hot water system, on your wonderfully monumental and historic building – this is what makes our job so worthwhile!”

 

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A Great Little JEM of an Idea!

A Great Little JEM of an Idea!

The ‘Feed in Tariff’ deadline is fast approaching, and JEM Energy don’t want you to miss a fantastic opportunity to create essentially FREE hot water, by integrating solar panels, with a solar thermodynamic hot water system.

By taking advantage of the Feed in Tariff scheme before it closes to new applicants on the 31st March 2019, you could be paid for generating free hot water for yourself!

What is the Feed in Tariff scheme?

The Feed in Tariff scheme, which is a scheme that has been put in place by the government, to reward home owners for investing in certain types of solar energy systems, by paying them for generating solar energy - will be closed to new applicants from the 31st of March 2019.

Renewable energy systems included in the scheme are - solar photovoltaic (solar PV), wind, micro combined heat and power (CHP), hydro and anaerobic digestion (AD).

Who we are and how we can help

JEM Energy are a UK solar energy supplier and installer, primarily based in the south of England, who supply and install solar pv systems, and more recently – thermodynamic water heating systems.

Solar pv panel systems can be installed on a roof, a shed, or ground mounted, making them quite handy and versatile little things.

They work by generating power in the form of electricity, as they absorb energy from the sun, which is converted into electricity. This electricity can then be used to power the home, all without the polluting and harmful burning of fossil fuels!

The Feed in Tariff scheme is inclusive of solar pv panels such as these – what you chose to do with the electricity they generate… is up to you!

Using solar pv panels to generate the electricity required to run a thermodynamic hot water system

Thermodynamic hot water systems have only been around for a few years, but have fast become a recognised form of renewable energy.

Comprising of two main parts – two externally mounted thermodynamic panels, and an internal thermodynamic heat pump unit, the main benefit of thermodynamic water heating systems, is that they do not require sunlight to generate hot water, and instead take their energy from other sources including wind, rain, snow and extremely low or extremely high temperatures – they have even been referred to as ‘night time solar’, as they can work at night!

Solar PV Panels

Solar PV Panels

Thermodynamic Hot Water Panels

Thermodynamic Hot Water Panels

Thermodynamic hot water systems do require a very small amount of electricity to power their integral heat pump, which is responsible for converting the energy taken from their external thermodynamic panels, into hot water.

Unfortunately though, thermodynamic hot water systems are not included in the Feed in Tariff scheme, however the electricity needed to power their integral heat pump could be…

The rated electrical power of our thermodynamic water heating system, is only 444w, running on average at around 500w

Solar pv panels are capable of generating over 500w of electricity on a day with ample sunlight (although how much they generate totally depends on how many panels you have, and where they are situated).

Therefore, they are more than powerful enough to provide the electricity required to power a thermodynamic heat pump.

By installing just 2 solar pv panels on your home, alongside a thermodynamic water heating system, and doing so before the Feed in Tariff scheme closes to new applicants on the 31st March, you could be paid for the electricity generated by your solar pv panels, and use this electricity to power the heat pump within your thermodynamic hot water system.

Meaning that you would literally be paid for supplying yourself with free hot water!

What would happen to any unused electricity?

If there was any electricity left over after powering your thermodynamic hot water system, it would simply contribute to the running of other household appliances such as a fridge/freezer, lamps, chargers etc.

If you already have solar pv panels installed on your home, then it isn’t too late to apply to the Feed in Tariff scheme, it also isn’t too late to add a thermodynamic hot water system to your property, and start being paid to generate free hot water!

JEM Energy believe that you should be rewarded for the solar energy you produce, and for investing in it in the first place.

For more information on how we could help you do this, contact us here.