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Thermal Earth helps local GRP manufacturers to cut fuel costs

Thermal Earth has helped reduce the fuel cost of a neighbouring business by installing a biomass boiler heating system.

GRP, a South Wales manufacturer of glass reinforced plastic products,
had three Ponast wood pellet boilers installed in a cascade arrangement
by Thermal Earth to provide 186 kW of energy efficient heating for the
warehouse and offices.

The biomass boiler system will lower
running costs and ensure that Industrial GRP reduce its carbon footprint
whilst saving on money on heating bills and gaining an estimated
£21,000 annually through the non-domestic RHI scheme.

As one of
the UK’s largest glass reinforced plastic manufacturers, Industrial GRP
has grown to employ over 80 staff since it was founded in 1999 and
serves customers globally in the industrial and commercial sectors.
Designing and building a variety of GRP products including kiosks,
cabinets and enclosures, the market spans a wide range of areas from
water and electric companies to gas infrastructure contractors,
renewable energy and large construction projects.

Being an
environmentally conscious organisation, Industrial GRP is keen to
minimise any impact on the environment its facilities may have. In
evaluating its heating system it was quickly identified that changing to
a biomass boiler system would significantly increase green credentials.
Thermal Earth installed the Ponast KP63 wood pellet boilers,
recommended for their manufacturing quality and ease of use. The cascade
arrangement ensures that while one boiler is undergoing maintenance or
repair the other boilers can still run and meet the majority of the
building’s demand.

The automatic KP63 Ponast boiler is a new
product based on the previous KP62 model but with additional features
such as the modern control unit with easy to use touch screen
monitoring. The sophisticated controls allow up to five heating circuits
including domestic hot water, accumulator tanks and solar system to be
run from one device. Furthermore, the new burner construction comprising
a cast-iron exchangeable burner surface and improved insulation allows
for higher combustion efficiency and therefore an increase in fuel

A new radiator system along with fan coil units into the
warehouse were installed to enhance the efficiency of the new heating
system. Payback through the RHI payments is estimated at around five
years, with further savings being made on the reduced running costs. The
initial costs of £110,000 will be recovered in five years, with £21,000
pa RHI payments coming in for a further 15 years.

versatility of the Industrial GRP products has resulted in a
collaboration between Thermal Earth and the product manufacturers on
biomass installations where outbuildings are needed to be found to
accommodate the heating system. A brick structure would be time
consuming, costly and involve the application for necessary planning
permissions. Industrial GRP can build bespoke GRP kiosks to house
biomass boilers and fuel storage with fire rated partitions, emergency
door access and ventilation, achieving all safety standards and
providing a quick, cost effective solution.

Industry GRP site
manager, Darren Tancock, commented, “Having worked with Thermal Earth
previously they were our first choice to install biomass boilers in all
of our factories. Their service was very professional and the whole
installation process was seamless. We are so pleased with everything we
are bringing forward the final phase of the installation from September
to March. Thermal Earth will definitely be our first port of call for
all our future energy needs.”

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