Photographs by Emily Whitfield-Wicks Cllr Martyn Alvey - Cabinet member for Environment and Climate Change visiting Kensa factory at Mount Wellington Mine and Trelissick House. Factory Tour by George Gillow.

Kensa steps up production to lead the nation’s clean-heating revolution

Kensa Heat Pumps, the UK’s leading manufacturer of low carbon ground source heat pumps, has broken production records recently by doubling its output in the past 18 months and is working towards a further twofold increase in capacity by 2023.

Heat pumps have been recognised as vitally important in helping the UK achieve its net carbon zero target, with the government aiming for 600,000 of them to be installed a year by 2028 – a significant increase in current market volumes.

Every ground source heat pump installed is the equivalent of taking a combustion engine car off the road. To date over 1 million tonnes of carbon will be saved as a result of Kensa’s ground source heat pump installations across social housing, new build developments, private retrofit homes, and businesses.

(Kensa Operations Director Paul Eveleigh shows Cllr Alvey heat pump internals)


Kensa Group CEO, Simon Lomax, said:

The Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy makes clear what we have passionately advocated for a long time – that heat pumps are best placed to deliver low carbon heat. There is a particularly welcome focus on ensuring a large proportion are manufactured here in the UK to boost our green economy.

All indications are pointing to significantly increased long-term demand and Kensa is scaling up production to meet requirements and fulfil the Government’s ambition to ‘build back greener’. Our mission is to connect thousands more people in homes and businesses across the country to cleaner, greener, affordable heat.

Kensa has been manufacturing award-winning ground source heat pumps from the heart of Cornwall since 1999 and pioneering the adoption of this environmentally-friendly technology for over two decades.

With a product range designed for UK properties and specialist installation division working on large-scale multiple occupancy projects, market share has grown steadily over the years to 50%, bolstered by the Group’s partnership with Legal & General in 2020. To match this rapid growth, the manufacturer has added well over 60 jobs in the past year and is continually recruiting.

Kensa Heat Pumps Managing Director, James Standley said:

We are committed to transforming all aspects of our business and scaling up to ensure British-manufactured ground source heat pumps lead the way to achieving net-zero by 2050.

Kensa’s teams have been working hard to deliver fantastic outcomes over the last few months. In the midst of the challenges of a stretched global supply chain, a labour shortage, and significantly increased volumes, we celebrated the highest monthly turnover ever and continue to break records in UK heat pump production.

The ground source heat pump experts played an integral role in showcasing low carbon heat at COP26 last November, where Energy and Climate Change Minister, Lord Callanan, confirmed:

Businesses like Kensa will play a big part in developing the heat pump manufacturing industry in the UK.

Councillor Martyn Alvey, the portfolio holder for Environment and Climate Change at Cornwall Council, recently visited Kensa’s award-winning manufacturing facility. He said:

It is great to see innovative Cornish companies such as Kensa working to help the UK become carbon neutral, helping us switch to low carbon energy and creating green jobs.

(L-R, Cllr Alvey with Paul Eveleigh & George Gillow of Kensa in factory)
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