Kensa launches dedicated ground source learning facility

Kensa Heat Pumps has launched a programme of free monthly training days, delivered in a specially created learning facility in Exeter College, dedicated to ground source heat pumps.

Heat pumps play a crucial part in the government’s renewable energy strategy. Recently the Committee for Climate Change stated that a minimum of 2.5 million heat pump installations are required by 2030, in order to deliver an accelerated roll-out of low carbon heat for the planned fossil fuel phase-out for buildings off the gas grid.

In an effort to encourage heating and plumbing engineers to familiarise themselves with the technology, Kensa is offering free one-day training courses at the new facility, based in the Devon & Exeter Construction Training Centre. The response so far has been positive, with dates in March and April already fully booked.

Darren Veal, Commissioning Engineer at Kensa who is delivering the training, said: “The 2018 course material includes some new elements, such as innovative heat pump system architecture, designed to show installers new scenarios in which they can specify ground source heat pump technology, widening their business opportunities.”

The training covers all aspects of ground source, including the specification, application, design and installation of a Kensa ground source heat pump system. It features a mixture of classroom-based theory and plenty of practical ‘hands-on’ learning.

Installers are able to interact and analyse the working systems, which are piped up to buffer tanks, cylinders and ground arrays, as well as an example of a bivalent heat pump set up featuring a traditional boiler. New for 2018, the training will also include fully costed project examples for installers to work through, which outline how they can give customers the best returns from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Available spring/summer dates are as follows: Monday 14 May, Monday 4 June and Monday 2 July.

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