Split ownership of this innovative SGLA system architecture enables developers or external investors to fund and own the ground array and in return receive the RHI income for 20 years, whilst the new occupants retain ownership of the ground source heat pump system, enjoying low-cost and low-carbon heating in return.
What Are Shared Ground Loop Arrays?
Mimicking a traditional gas framework, Kensa’s innovative Shared Ground Loop Arrays link a series of collectors, typically boreholes, to multiple properties via an ambient temperature distribution system.
Each property then has an individual Kensa Shoebox heat pump wired to their own electricity supply, which upgrades the low temperature heat for heating and hot water within their dwelling.
Mimicking long-standing ‘split ownership’ arrangements in the gas sector, the underground infrastructure can be owned and maintained separately from the heat pump installed inside properties.
Split-ownership of ground arrays enables developers or investors to retain the RHI;
Exempt from Heat Network Metering & Billing Regulations;
Extremely low CO2 emissions enabling easy carbon and building regulations compliance;
No NOx, SOx or particulates emissions;
Lowest energy bills; slightly lower than mains gas, significantly lower than air source heat pumps, LPG & oil;
Householders able to switch energy suppliers, unlike other district heating;
No district heat losses;
Potential for free summer cooling;
Scalable and flexible district size can be deployed in sections as the development progresses;
Ultra-efficient and reliable.
Why Choose Shared Ground Loop Arrays?
Split Ownership SGLAs
The 2018 Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Regulations included an important refinement: Non Domestic RHI quarterly payments for residential properties linked to shared ground loops are now based upon the deemed heat consumption taken from an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
This change has reduced capital costs (as meters are no longer needed) and eliminated all the administration burden linked to quarterly readings and submissions.
More importantly, it offers certainty of RHI income levels to provide developers with confidence in retaining ownership of the ground array in return for a guaranteed income through the RHI – alternatively developers could attract external investors to fund and own the ground arrays in return for the RHI, significantly reducing the developers cost of installing the ground source heat pump system.
Typical Project Costs
Based on a small luxury new-build development of four houses:
Property’s featuring Kensa’s Shared Ground Loop Arrays will provide end users with numerous unique benefits over traditional Heat Networks:
Lower fuel bills
GSHP’s produce 3-4kWh of heat energy for every 1kWh of electrical energy used, making them 300-400% efficient. Compare this to a typical boiler, which is just 90% efficient.
Because a GSHP extracts so much “free” energy from the environment, this enables CO2 emissions to be lower than any other type of heating system.
GSHP’s don’t require annual servicing or maintenance, and have an expected lifetime of 20 years.
With an individual ground source heat pump in each property, homeowners are in complete control of their own heating and energy bills, enabling easy energy tariff switching and payment only for their own heat consumption.
With heat being generated at the point of use (inside each dwelling) the ‘heat’ circulating the property is low temperature, therefore there are no heat losses from the system to contribute to overheating in risers and corridors. The low temperature system also allows for free passive cooling to be introduced, creating a comfortable living environment all year round.
Year round supply
1m below the surface the ground temperature remains a fairly constant 8-10°C all year round, ensuring your heat supply is constant and reliable; unlike air source heat pumps, which are impacted by external fluctuating air temperatures causing higher bills when heat is most needed.
With Kensa’s Shared Ground Loop Array suiting as few as two connected properties, small luxury developments are increasingly turning to this cost-effective and energy efficient heating and hot water system.
View a typical costed example for four properties here.
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This Kensa commissioned motion graphic depicts the key stages for the installation of Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pumps into individual flats in tower blocks, connected to shared ground loop array boreholes. For more information on this application click here.
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