Ground Source Heat Pumps

We supply & install ground source heat pumps to suit requirements

Whether you are replacing an old range cooker or an external oil boiler, there is an appropriate renewable heating system to suit every circumstance.

The IDM Ground Source Heat Pump is a low cost, low energy, high warmth renewable heating system. Heat Pumps are the most efficient way of providing all of your domestic or industrial building’s heating needs including hot water, while simultaneously saving you money and significantly decreasing carbon emissions.

Ground Source Heat Pumps use pipes buried in trenches or bore holes, requiring specialist drilling equipment, to extract heat from the ground.

Using a limited amount of electricity, residual heat is converted into higher temperatures using a vapour compression cycle. This is then transferred to heating and hot water systems to produce a consistent and reliable warmth throughout your house. Our system has up to a 1 to 5 ratio, electricity to heat transfer, making the system very efficient.

IDM Ground Source Heat Pumps usually need no planning permission and are designed to the highest specifications. Safety, durability and efficiency are paramount. This exceptional heating technology will ensure lower running costs and higher heat performance, especially when installed in conjunction with underfloor heating systems or large or low temp radiators.

An aspect to consider will be is your garden suitable for a GSHP? It doesn’t have to be big, but it needs to be suitable for digging a trench and accessible to machinery.

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Another very successful install for the business and another client who is happy to recommend us."Thanks Nick,Loving the Klover and have to commend Derek and Gavin for doing a great job and the speedy processing of the RHI application...Thanks again for everything, genuinely impressed by the product and the way the install went.Many thanksRalph and Mandie"

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Samsung Air Source Heat Pump replaces electric storage heater in Llanpumsaint


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This detached bungalow in Llanpumsaint ran on electric storage heaters. Despite the high levels of insulation the system wasn't efficient and very expensive to run. The owner yearned for a proper heating system with a full radiator circuit.

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Grant initially looked for a biomass boiler but due to the insulation levels the heat pump was a better method of heating with lower running costs.

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  • The pump is efficient and cost effective.
  • Compared to the electric storage heaters the running costs are very low.
  • It is clean and easy to manage.
  • Payments from the RHI (UK Governmental Renewable Heating Incentive scheme) will more cover the cost of the installation and contribute to the running of the system.

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Aga-Style Klover Smart 80 replaced solid fuel Aga in Capel Iwan


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This farm building in Capel Iwan suffered from a leaking chimney which ruined the existing solid fuel Aga. The owners took the opportunity to rejuvenate the outdated kitchen but they wanted to preserve the rustic and traditional look. Although they were keen to line the chimney, add a new rain cap and upgrade other heating components, such as new radiators and a domestic hot water cylinder , only an Aga style Klover Smart 80 would do for the property owners, declared Aga fans, to form the heart of the house.

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The Klover Smart 80 fitted in the alcove of its solid fuel predecessor. Due to the damage done by the leak the chimney needed to be newly lined and the rain cap be replaced. Part of the rejuvenation of the kitchen the owners decided to add new radiators. The Klover Smart 80 not only serves as heating but also provides hot water and a hob for the kitchen.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system is more efficient, cleaner, user friendly and an attractive feature that preserves the original charm of the building.
By moving away from fossil fuels the owners have significantly reduced their carbon footprint.
They qualified for an interest free loan to pay for the system. The loan is paid by the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme over 7 years, making this a ‘free heating system’ for them.


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Powerful eCompact boiler for two barn conversions in Pembrokeshire


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The owners of a converted farm complex in Pembrokeshire already heat one of their barn conversions, a holiday let, with a wood pellet boiler, the Klover Diva Slim. For their latest project Nick ran them through various options to heat the remaining and somewhat disjointed parts of their property most efficiently.

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The owners picked the powerful Klover eCompact which will heat not only a one bedroom barn conversion with a yoga room below but also an adjacent barn, yet to be converted, and a facility block.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

With this eCompact Boiler the owners can heat two separate buildings with the boiler being located in an adjacent utility room.
The system is clean, efficient and easy to use.


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Highly efficient ViGas log gasification boiler finally bringing warmth to diversifying farm


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This farm complex was heated by a wood burner with back boiler but never got properly warm. The system was not efficient enough and didn't have the needed output to ever make the property feel sufficiently cosy.
With a large private wood supply the owners were reluctant to move away from burning logs.

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The Vigas log gasification boiler seemed just the ticket. Due to the gasification system it increases the efficiency of wood to heat to over 90% and almost doubled the output of heat, finally satisfying the heat demand of the building complex. The boiler is located in a barn adjacent to the property and fuel can be stored next to the system. The property is finally getting warm, consumes less wood than the old system and will be paid for by the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The property is finally getting warm and yet consumes less wood than the old system.


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Powerful Ecompact 190 utility wood pellet boiler in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys


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The property is a former farm in Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys with a traditional solid wall stone house and a barn conversion outbuilding. The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Boiler wasn’t faulty but was expensive to run and the owner felt a change was needed.

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For the size of the building and with the availability of the connected outbuilding the Ecompact 190 utility wood pellet boiler seemed the best option. The boiler has an output of 18.2kW to water and an efficiency of 92.3%.  The boiler comes with a 90kg hopper system to feed the boiler automatically, making pellet top ups a weekly rather than a daily task. In Powys advantageous loans for renewable heating systems are available from the Robert Owen Community fund and regular payments by the Domestic RHI are sufficient to pay the loan back.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

System paid for* by the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
A loan from the Robert Owen Community Fund covered the cost of the system.
Low carbon heating and hot water through sustainable and legal fuel source

Centrally controlled and automated heating and hot water


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New Diva Slim for a modern look in holiday let in Clynderwen, Ceredigion


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A beautiful holiday let cottage in rural Ceredigion with a solid fuel Aga that was difficult to keep alight for the clients. The system needed constant attention, was dirty and dusty and added complications to running the holiday let.

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  To make the best use of the cottage space the owners chose the new Klover Diva Slim. The Diva Slim stone has a powerful output of 13.8 kW to water and 4.6kW to room and fitted perfectly in the existing alcove. It is clean, attractive and automated, making it easy to prepare for a seamless change-over of occupation and simple for visitors to adjust and run.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

Clean and efficient system.
Automated and easy to use.


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Disastrous Flood holds Silver Lining for this Mill Building


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A beautiful mill building with an old oil boiler in the basement and a solid fuel Rayburn in the living quarters. A flood destroyed the oil boiler and with a two week old baby and dropping temperatures a financially viable solution had to be found quickly.

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By replacing their solid fuel Rayburn and switching to a renewable heating source Anna and Gruff qualified for RHI (renewable Heating Incentive) payments to offset the cost of a new heating system. They chose a stunning red Klover Smart Biomass Boiler Cooker which supplies their hot water and heating. Fully automated it also helps them to manage their time better and by being able to move it into the upstairs living quarters the heating is now safe from future floods.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system qualified for the RHI (Renewable Heating Incentive) payments, a governmental scheme to encourage switching from solid fuels to renewable energy sources. Over seven years the payments will offset the cost of a new heating system. Fully automated the boiler also helps them to manage their time better and by being able to move it into the upstairs living quarters the heating is now safe from future floods


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Cerdyn Villa B&B, Llanwrtyd Wells replace solid fuel Aga with same style Klover 120 Smart Boiler Cooker


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Cerdyn Villa was built in 1907. The owners run a charming country Bed and Breakfast in their beautiful semi-detached country cottage on the edge of Llanwrtyd Wells surrounded by idyllic Welsh landscape.
It was heated by an inefficient outdated Rayburn which was dirty, temperamental and 'uncontrollable' The owners wanted to keep the cosy and romantic look but also get the benefits of a modern, automated system. Having seen a Birds' Hill Klover installation at a friends' house they called Nick to talk them through their options.

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The Klover Smart 120 combines the beautiful looks and the heating and cooking functions of an Aga with the advantages of an automated system. It fits in the same spot in the communal area for both owners and guests, and it can be programmed in advance to fire up and the heating is thermostatically controlled. The system is more efficient, cleaner, user friendly and builds an attractive feature for their B&B communal area. The installation qualified for an interest free loan to pay for the system. The loan is paid by the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme over 7 years, making this a ‘free heating system’ for them.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system is more efficient, cleaner, user friendly and an attractive feature.
By moving away from fossil fuels, John and Berni have significantly reduced their carbon footprint.
They qualified for an interest free loan to pay for the system. The loan is paid by the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme over 7 years, making this a ‘free heating system’ for them.


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Klover Smart 120 in Carmarthen


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Klover Smart 120 in Llandovery


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Air Source Heat Pump in Narbeth


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Klover Belvedere 22 in Llanwrda


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Ground Source Heat Pump in Myddfai brings efficient, low cost heat to family home


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A detached stone-built cottage with garden in Myddfai, Carmarthenshire, in the Brecon Beacon National Park. The owners were extending the cottage and wanted to replace their old log and oil burner at the same time.

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  After assessing the property we found that a Ground Source Heat Pump from the Eco Heat 400 series proved the most efficient way to warm their family home and water. In this remarkable technology residual heat from the ground is converted into higher temperatures using a vapour compression cycle. Due to the insulation work carried out at the same time and the installation of an underfloor heating system, Ground Source Heat Pumps became the most effective option for them. Unfortunately the garden was slightly too small for the system, but help came from the neighbours who allowed them “underground access” to supply the missing piece. Payments from the RHI (UK Governmental Renewable Heating Incentive scheme) will more cover the cost of the installation and contribute to the running of the system.  

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The pump not only saves the family time and money, it protects them from oil price fluctuation and significantly decreases carbon emissions.
It can also be connected to the internet and flag any issues to the owner via email immediately, ensuring they never have loss is service.

The system will provide a healthy RHI (Ground Source Heat Pumps attract the highest tarif), it will pay for itself and provide ongoing cover on the electricity.


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Klover Smart 120 in Rhydcymerau, Carmarthenshire


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Westfire 1 in Machynllyth, Powys


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Klover Smart 120 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire


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Klover Bi Fire in Goytre, Port Talbot


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Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler cooker in Pencader, Carmarthenshire


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Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler cooker in Pantperthog, Machynllyth


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Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler cooker in Hougton, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire


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Klover eCompact 250 in Llanwrtyd Wells Powys


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Domusa HM-25 Biomass Boiler in Gwynfe


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Klover Smart 80 wood pellet boiler cooker in Capel Isaac


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Domusa NG25 near Machynlleth


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Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler cooker in Llanwtryd Wells, Powys


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Klover Model Diva in St Ishmaels Haverfordwest Pembs


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Innasol IDM Model Terra SW20 Twin 230v in Pontyates Llanelli


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Klover Smart 120 in Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire


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Klover Smart 120 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys


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Domusa Biomass Boiler in Llanddeiniol, Llanrhystud, Ceredigion


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Ventum gasification boilers by Arikizan in Pentre School, Rhondda


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ETA PC45 Wood Pellet Boiler in Llanwrda


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Klover eCompact 25kW in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire


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Klover eCompact 25kW Pellet Boiler in Crwbin Carmarthenshire


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Klover Smart 20 in Llandovery


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Klover Smart 120 in Kington, Herefordshire


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Wood Pelet boiler Froling 45kW in Haverford West, Pembrokeshire


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CTC Ecoheat 414 Heat Pump in Dryslwyn


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Klover Belvedere 22 wood pellet boiler in Llanfynydd


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Heat Pump in Llansadwrn


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High Efficiency Walltherm Wood Gasification Stove in Crosshands


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Wood Pellet Boiler for three-story stone house in Taliesin, Machynllyth


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Klover Diva Wood Pellet Boiler in Clynnog-fawr, Caernarfon


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Klover Belvedere 18 wood pellet boiler stove in Salem, Carmarthenshire


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Innasol Wood Pellet Boiler in Pelcomb Hill, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire


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Klover Smart 80 wood pellet cooker boiler in Llandeusant


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Domusa NM 43 in Llanddeilion, Llanrhystud Ceredigion


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Domusa NG Bioclass 25kWh biomass boiler installation in Abergorlech, Brechfa


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Klover Smart 80 wood pellet cooker boiler in Llanfair Clydogau, Lampeter


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Klover Smart 80 (Tiled) in Llanidloes, Powys


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Klover Smart 80 wood pellet boiler cooker in Llanfynydd


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Domusa HM-43 wood pellet boiler in Rhayader


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Domusa NG-25 Pellet Boiler in Kilgetty


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Klover Smart 120 in Machynllyth


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Klover Smart 120 in Llanddarog


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Klover Belvedere 22 in Llanwrda


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‘Free’ heating system replaces dirty and inconvenient coal burner in Llanwrtyd Wells


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Tina and Brian’s house in Llanwrtyd Wells was difficult to heat due to an inefficient, aged and dirty log / coal fired solid fuel boiler. Without automation it was extra hard work to generate the little heat the system was able to deliver and they had a tough job keeping the fire going until the morning so they could wake up to a warm house.

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Tina and Brian chose the Klover Smart 80, which fitted into the existing alcove and provided a hob. It can be programmed in advance to fire up and the heating is thermostatically controlled. The system is more efficient, cleaner, user friendly and an attractive feature in their cosy snug. The traditional design forms a beautiful feature. They qualified for an interest free loan to pay for the system. The loan is paid by the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme over 7 years, making this a ‘free heating system’ for them.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system is more efficient, cleaner and far more user friendly.
By moving away from fossil fuels, Tina and Brian have significantly reduced their carbon footprint.
It forms an attractive feature in their home.
Up to 5kw of heat are delivered to the room by the boiler
They qualified for an interest free loan to pay for the system. The loan is paid by the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme over 7 years.

 

 


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Bag fed wood pellet boiler at Birds’ Hill Farm near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire


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A large former farmhouse, which has been extended over the years to connect to outbuildings and a conservatory. The property is the also the home of Birds’ Hill Renewable Heating, near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire. An oil fired boiler and solid fuel Aga converted to oil provided heating and hot water. Unfortunately the system was inefficient, i.e. it consumed a lot of oil and was prohibitively expensive to run. It ran off a large oil tank which was located on the patio outside the back door which was unsightly, smelly and awkward to access for fuel deliveries.

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stone property biomass renewable heating installation Nick considered a range of biomass boiler options for Birds Hill Farm – a biomass wood logs boiler, an auto feed biomass wood pellet boiler with external silo, a wood pellet biomass boiler-cooker and a manual feed, wood pellet utility biomass boiler. Nick decided to install a Domusa NG 43 kW wood pellet boiler in his utility room to provide heating and hot water throughout his home. This manually fed wood pellet boiler, manufactured in Spain, is large enough to meet the considerable heat demands of the stone farmhouse, makes the most of redundant space in the utility room (to house the boiler) and in the barn (to store the fuel). This powerful and efficient biomass boiler takes up a relatively small amount of space considering its sizeable heat output. It also retains heat within the house providing a perfect drying environment for clothes during the winter months.  

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • Low carbon heating and hot water through a sustainable fuel source
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
  • Free heating for 7 years, plus index linked income circa £1500 p.a.

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Red Klover Star pellet boiler stove installed at National Trust flat at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire


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The National Trust is renowned for its stunning properties and landscapes and is also well -known for its commitment to renewable energy. We were delighted when the staff at Stackpole got in touch with regards to the private upstairs flat at one of their properties.
The pre-existing system was a coal fed Rayburn, which was messy and difficult to fill up daily and was hard to clean and empty. The tenants only used the Rayburn to heat their flat and hot water effectively. Living on the first floor meant the chore of bringing coal up to their flat daily was unpleasant and time-consuming.

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The National Trust is moving away from fossil fuels in all their properties with a progressive agenda on installing renewables at many of their properties, so a more inefficient coal Rayburn was not what they desired. Whilst the National Trust staff was initially drawn to the Klover 120 we recognised quite quickly that this would be a difficult install because of the size of the stove and the location of the flat upstairs. Bringing up a large stove probably would have involved removing a window. Upon chatting with the long term tenants we also realised that they never used their Rayburn as a cooker. This led us to consider the red Klover Star 14, an efficient smaller version of the popular 120. It’s stylish and easy to use and it’s also a good size for a flat. With its own built in hopper this stove is programmable and can be set to light itself whenever warmth is needed.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The Klover Star benefits the tenants particularly

  • The system is modern, automated and efficient,
  • The tenants are now not having to carry coal in to the flat daily or bring messy ash out through the building.
  • The National Trust benefits from a happier tenant, and it meets their green environmental objectives.
  • As the landlords in this scenario they will get the RHI which will be beneficial to them as a charity.

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Biomass boiler-cooker at Wright’s Food Emporium in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire


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Wright’s Independent Food Emporium is a renowned and thriving café, delicatessen and wine and beer store housed in the former Golden Grove Arms in Llanarthne, between Llandeilo and Carmarthen.
Local food entrepreneurs Simon and Maryann Wright brought it back to life in an exciting new form, ably assisted by their son Joel and friendly team of food and drink enthusiasts.

The aged oil heating system of the former Georgian pub had died and a coal and log fuelled range boiler in the main restaurant, though looking fantastic, was not doing its job; in fact it was creating extra work for the staff at the busy café as it needed regular refuelling and cleaning, with dirty coal ash being carried through the eating areas. The heat output was insufficient for the size of the property (and those chilly Carmarthenshire winter nights!), and tending to the un-automated boiler was an unnecessary task that the hardworking team could do without.

The café needed a cleaner and automated heating system with a bigger heat output than their current range. The Wrights also wanted to reduce the carbon footprint of their business. The fuel would need to be renewable and sustainably sourced. The new boiler would have to work with the existing plumbing in the building and be able to cope with an increasing heat demand, to fit in with the Wrights’ plans for expanding their business.
And it was important that the biomass boiler looked good too, as it would be located in the café’s main eating area, in front of the old fireplace.

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Chatting to Nick Cater, Birds Hill Biomass director and regular Wright’s customer, Simon and Maryann chose the stylish Klover Smart 120 wood pellet biomass boiler-cooker, in deep red. With an increased heat output (23 kW versus 14 kW) the new biomass boiler-cooker is big enough to heat the entire restaurant and rooms above, delivering the warmth and cosiness that customers expect. In addition to providing the heating, the Klover has a hob with covered plates and a sealed oven – perfect for baking, according to the Wrights. It also looks stylish and fits perfectly in the café’s main eating area, in front of the old fireplace and presents a clean and hygienic heating solution in a place full of fresh food and delicatessen. The automated system is fully programmable and easy to run, allowing the team at Wright’s more time to do what they do best – serving up their speciality food and drinks. On top of this the boiler-cooker qualifies for the Non Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) and will provide an index-linked income for the next 20 years. The fuel is renewable and sustainably sourced.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • Automated, easy to use and cleaner heating system, freeing up staff time.
  • Reduced the carbon footprint of the business.
  • Hot plates and sealed oven to be used for baking and serving food.
  • Stylish design in a striking deep red colour.
  • Index linked income for 20 years.Simon Wright talks about the switch to biomass and the Klover Smart 120:


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Biomass boiler-cooker/range in a traditional Welsh farmhouse in Llansadwrn, West Wales


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Andy, his partner and their daughter live in this beautiful four bedroom stone cottage, a traditional Welsh farmhouse in the rural village of Llandsadwrn, Carmarthenshire, West Wales. A solid fuel (anthracite) Rayburn located in the kitchen/living room provided their heating and hot water. As beautiful as the Rayburn was, it was un-automated and therefore labour intensive, messy and inefficient to run. During their first winter in their new farmhouse, Andy had to get up early every morning to stoke up the old Rayburn and warm up their home in time for breakfast. He trekked outside to the bunker to collect the coal, reloaded the range, then waited for the house to heat up. He had to make sure the Rayburn was riddled and the coal topped up several times a day, and the ash removed and disposed of. Heating their home was dirty, hard work and the Rayburn needed constant attention. One winter was enough! They wanted a cleaner, less labour-intensive method of heating their otherwise comfortable farmhouse. They’d heard about the Renewable Heat Incentive, a scheme that pays home owners and businesses to generate energy from renewable sources such as biomass, and decided to investigate further.

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rural property biomass renewable heating installation Nick Cater, Director at Birds’ Hill Biomass, visited the farmhouse and talked through the options for an automated biomass heating systems with the couple. One of their options was to install an efficient wood pellet utility boiler located in the outhouse, removing the Rayburn and creating more space inside the home. But the couple wanted to keep the ‘Rayburn-look’ in the kitchen and chose the Traditional Cream Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler-cooker. The fully automated controls allow them to programme their heating and hot water supply. This model also has an oven and hot plates for cooking. The biomass boiler-cooker is similar to the Rayburn, but more efficient, cleaner and runs on sustainably sourced fuel.   Nick also explained the economic benefits of available through the Renewable Heat Incentive, including free fuel for 7 years and an excellent return on investment, as well as the environmental advantages of switching from coal to biomass.  Upgraded heating controls and domestic hot water cylinder.   [We’ve also installed an Air Source Heat Pump in their self catering cottage next door]

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New Renewable Heating System Benefits 

  • Automated heating and hot water system 
  • Cleaner and much easier to operate 
  • Low carbon heating and hot water through a sustainable and legal fuel source 
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) 
  • Free heating for 7 years plus index linked income 

 



Wood pellet boiler range in stone farm house, Knighton


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A traditional stone farm house on the Welsh borders
The heating system at Knighton Farm Welsh Fruit Stocks was a 40-year-old coal multi fuel range. It was dirty, dusty and simply not up to the job of heating the house.
The traditional and otherwise comfortable farmhouse had always been cold and the owners would get up early every morning to stoke up the old range in time for breakfast. That meant trudging outside to the bunker to collect the coal, reloading the range, then waiting for the house to heat up, which it never did.
Tired of this labour-intense and time-consuming work, the inefficient coal-fuelled range and with a desire to leave behind fossil fuels, the family had been planning to change their heating system for some time. The system caused a lot of fine dust which more recently had become of particular concern because there was news of a new baby on the way. So enough was enough, they needed something far better for their family.
They’d heard about the Renewable Heat Incentive, a scheme that pays home owners and businesses to generate energy from renewable sources such as biomass, and decided to investigate further.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

Klover Smart 120 biomass boiler-cooker, an automated and cleaner heating and cooking system We recommended the smart and very efficient Klover Smart 120 pellet cooker to replace the coal fired range. It takes care of all their heating and hot water needs and it has given them a stylish hot oven and hotplate. The self regulating system does not require much maintenance which is essential when you have a young family.  All their radiators run off the system and the house is no longer cold!  This Klover model has fully automated controls, allowing them to programme their heating and hot water supply well in advance which, at last, enabled them to get up later and to an already warm home. The system is clean and efficient, so no longer would someone have to get up early to fire up their old range and handle dirty coal. It only needs loading once a week and with its automatic firing it was as easy as gas fired systems.  

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits

  • Automated heating and hot water system
  • Cleaner and much easier to operate
  • Low carbon heating and hot water through a sustainable and legal fuel source
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
  • Free heating for 7 years plus index linked income

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Inset wood pellet boiler in former farmhouse in Salem, Carmarthenshire


Property Type and Location

3-bedroom stone farmhouse with a cavity wall extension and double glazing, near Salem in Carmarthenshire.
The house and hot water was heated using a multi-fuel room heater with a back boiler, linked to radiators and a domestic hot water tank, with an additional electric immersion heater. The system was inefficient and labour intensive, resulting in a very cold house. The owners had to manually light the fire with matches and ensure that the log supply was constantly topped up for regular re-fuelling. They were disappointed that they had to put so much effort into operating their log burner and yet still had a cold house.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

The owners considered a variety of options for upgrading their heating system, including switching to an oil or LPG system but recognised the financial advantages of the Renewable Heat Incentive. They considered which types of biomass boilers would be suitable for a house with an existing wet radiator system and had to choose between a utility biomass boiler (wood logs or wood pellet) located in an outhouse or an upgraded version of their existing system. Having discussed the range of options with Birds’ Hill Biomass Director, Nick Cater, they decided on the Klover FP 22 inset wood pellet biomass boiler and room heater. The big advantage of this sleek and stylish boiler was that it could be engineered into the existing fireplace and work with the existing systems. Not only was this elegant model more efficient and much easier to run, its ability to link into the existing pipework meant that installation works and costs would be kept to a minimum.  

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

New Renewable Heating System Benefits
An elegant, efficient and easy to run system
Installation costs kept to a minimum as system could be linked into the existing pipework
System paid for* by the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
Index linked income circa £1,000 per annum
A toasty warm home fuelled by clean green (low emission) wood pellet
A sleek and stylish boiler as part of their home


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Wood pellet boiler-cooker puts an end to exhausting demands of outdated solid fuel boiler


Property Type and Location

This idyllic cottage in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powis was heated by a solid fuel Rayburn boiler. Getting the house warm required hard manual labour, was messy, time consuming, expensive and inefficient.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

The owners chose a Black Klover Smart 120 wood pellet boiler-cooker which ended the exhausting routine of getting up early to heat the house. The new system is fully programmable, cleaner and requires far less time and manual tasks to maintain. It also qualifies for RHI funding, which ensures a rapid return on investment and covers all costs via repayments over seven years.  

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

Automated heating and hot water system.

Cleaner and much easier to operate.

Low carbon heating and hot water through sustainable and legal fuel source

Qualifies for domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme:
Rapid return on investment


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Gwynfe working farm heated effectively with biomass log boiler


Property Type and Location

The property is a working farm in Gwynfe, rural Carmarthenshire, with a traditional solid wall stone house, a cavity wall extension and a former smithy outbuilding. The farm has been in the Jones family for several generations. There was no central heating in the house but the kitchen was warmed by an oil fired Rayburn and a log burner heated the lounge. In addition electric storage heaters provided heating elsewhere and an electric immersion heater boosted the hot water generated by the Rayburn. Whilst the kitchen was generally warm the rest of the house could be very cold in winter – using the electric storage heaters was very expensive and the log burner only really heated one other room. As the next generation, Huw and Sheila were moving into the farmhouse and it was decided that central heating would be needed to warm the otherwise chilly home.
There is a plentiful supply of wood on the Jones’ farm. Previously this ‘waste’ from hedge trimming and tree pruning on their land had been burned. After witnessing a successful biomass boiler installation on a nearby farm, the Jones’ wondered if they too could make use of their own waste wood as a ‘free’ source of fuel. The Jones’ farm is not connected to the gas supply so the other options would be to use heating oil or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to fuel the new central heating radiator system that they wanted.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

An automated biomass log boiler fuelled by waste wood from the farm Considering the type of wood that was readily available on the farm, and the free space in the disused smithy next to the farmhouse, Nick recommended the Fröling S4  28kW log boiler with 2,000 litre buffer cylinder and completely new wet heating system (radiators) and controls. This Austrian biomass boiler burns dried logs to provide heating and hot water through a highly sophisticated automated system. The Fröling S4 control panel allows for temperature and timing of heating in the home to be managed like a conventional central heating system. The biomass log boiler system includes external weather compensation, meaning it automatically adjusts the amount of heat generated from the biomass boiler according to the temperature outside, and the control display even tells you how many logs are needed to top up the system. Along with the 2,000 litre buffer vessel for hot water, this type of biomass boiler is ideal for homes with outbuildings nearby.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • “Free” fuel into the future as the client can self-supply logs to fuel the system into the future. 

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  • Old system being replaced

Dual Boiler Solution at Camrose, Pembrokeshire


Property Type and Location

Large detached house in Pembrokeshire

Matt and Martha moved into their dream home, a Georgian Period Gentleman’s residence, a large, stunning stone house, built as hunting, fishing and shooting lodge. With its high ceilings and large floor plan it turned out impossible to heat because of the size of the place. The house had a mixture of coal and log stoves with back boilers, meaning that a number of stoves had to be lit in order to touch the chill. The property required 100,000 KwH to reach comfortable temperatures, the mixed fuel systems was so poor they relied on an immersion heater to heat their hot water. This made for an expensive, messy and very involved approach to heating the house.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Biomass Solution  Reducing the amount of work in heating the house through automation, having an effective system for the large heating requirement and meeting RHI scheme criteria were priorities. A larger single automated outbuilding boiler system would have gone over our client’s budget and wouldn’t have been the style they had hoped for. We recommended a combination of stoves.  We installed the  Klover 120  to heat most of the downstairs and provide an aesthetic and warm heart to the home. The stove lights automatically, saving time and only requiring filling up once a week. The ash waste is also minimal meaning that Matt and Martha no longer had to carry buckets of ash through the house. The Klover 120 makes for a beautiful focal point that enables them to have a cosy fire in their kitchen.  For the rest of the house we installed the Domusa 43, a ‘workhorse’ with a great level of automation in to a garage. This gave them sufficient automated heat, and the combined systems work together to provide all the remaining heating and hot water needs.  

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

With this dual system they get the best of both worlds: 

  • The automated system with the Domusa ticks over and does the heavy work of heating the majority of the house 
  • The attractive Klover 120 boiler range is within the heart of the house heating the water and the kitchen 
  • No more taking dirty coal and dusty wood through the house 
  • No more lighting multiple fires and ranges to take the chill off 
  • They have a warm family home with plenty of hot water and no longer have to lug heavy scuttles of coal and dusty ash pans through the house. 


Wood Pellet and Log Bi-Fire in Capel Isaac, rural Wales


Property Type and Location

Fiona lives in a timber-built chalet in beautiful Capel Isaac, Carmarthenshire, West Wales. She had a solid-fuel burner with a back boiler providing heating and hot water to the house. This was fairly inexpensive as Fiona was mainly burning her own fuel in the form of logs.  However, the system was not automated which meant she had to get up early every day to light the burner, and re-fueling and cleaning was quite labour-intensive. Whilst she did enjoy the benefit of being able to burn her own free fuel in the form of logs, Fiona was fed up with having to get up extra early to light the burner every morning and got tired of the constant refueling necessary to keep it going during the day.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

Fiona was initially looking for an improved log burner, but had found out about wood pellet boilers and the advantages they bring in terms of automation, fuel storage, cleaning and maintenance. She found herself in a position where she was trying to weigh up the benefits of wood pellets with the obvious advantage of fuel independence that came with a log boiler. Nick Cater from Birds Hill Biomass talked through Fiona’s options with her.  In the end she opted for the best of both worlds with a Klover Bi-Fire Mid which comes with a log burner and an automated wood pellet burner. This brought the twin advantages of an automated system and the fuel independence that Fiona was used to.  It is also a fine looking stove that makes an excellent feature in Fiona’s chalet

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • Best of both worlds with an automated wood pellet burner and a log burner in one product. 
  • Fiona can continue benefitting from the free log fuel from her own land. 
  • A cleaner and more easily maintained system. 
  • carbon footprint down by continuing to use a renewable fuel source. 

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Biomass Boiler-Cooker in Rural Carmarthenshire


Property Type and Location

Mr and Mrs Craig live in a detached cottage in rural Carmarthenshire.The house and hot water were heated from an old but still functioning oil boiler in an attached utility building. Concerned about their impact on the environment, the Craigs were looking to make the transition to a biomass boiler. They also had an empty alcove in their kitchen which had previously been home to a range cooker, which they wanted to make use of.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

Nick Cater from Birdshill Biomass discussed a number of options with the CraigsThe convenience of wood pellets appealed to Mr and Mrs Craig. There would have been space in the utility building for a large system with the advantages of auto-refueling and less-frequent cleaning. However, the Craigs decided on the striking new 23kw Klover Smart 80 biomass boiler-cooker in order to make use of the empty alcove and to bring an attractive heat source and an additional hob into their kitchen – the heart of their home. 
The added bonus of making the switch to biomass in this instance was a return from the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) over 7 years of more than double the cost of the installed biomass boiler.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

New Biomass Boiler System Benefits 

  • More than 2x the installed cost of the biomass boiler to be recouped over 7 years under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) 
  • By moving away from fossil fuels, Mr and Mrs Craig have significantly reduced their carbon footprint. 
  • A new attractive feature boiler with hotplates takes pride of place in the previously empty alcove. 
  • Up to 5kw of heat delivered to the room by the boiler 


One Boiler / Cooker heats two properties in Llanllawddog


Property Type and Location

Ffos-y-Fran comprises of two beautiful traditional Welsh farm buildings, one of which had an old and dirty oil burner while the other had only an electric heater. Both systems were inefficient and needed support from log burners, which meant spending a lot of time chopping wood. Kelvin suffers from asthma and longed for cleaner air.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

The Klover 120 Boiler Cooker is powerful enough to heat their family home as well as the self-catering cottage next door, saving them the need for two separate systems. Angie and Kelvin can easily regulate the heat for both properties, leaving their guests to enjoy their stay without having to worry about topping up the pellets or learning how to work the system. The Klover also serves as cooker and forms a beautiful focal part in their home.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system is easy to use and programmable, making sure the house is warm when they come in from training the dogs.
The Klover helps to keep the self-catering cottage dry and saves the couple valuable time no longer having to chop wood.

 


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Air Source Heat Pump at new barn conversion


Property Type and Location

Lyndsey and James converted this barn to the highest efficiency standards they could afford and required the last piece in the puzzle to ensure their heating system was a simple to use as possible.

The barn has underfloor heating which makes it ideal for a heat pump. The couple had thought about ground source, pellet heaters and log boilers. Having something that was fully automated pushed them in the direction of a heat pump.

In the climate of damp west Wales it's essential to have a good source of heating...

Pre-existing System

Atmospheric but dusty log Prior to the ASHP installation the house had largely been heated by the two wood burners in the property alongside the occasional use of an electric oil radiator. This was both expensive, dusty and time consuming. Also the couple were uncomfortable burning wood, knowing that it’s not the most efficient way to heat such a well thought out building and should only be there as a way to heat hot water and light on particularly cold nights – for the comfort factor. Whilst the house had never been particularly cold it was proving hard to heat with constant attention required for the fires in the depths of winter, whilst they work from home it still was an extra task to chop wood and keep the fire going all day long.

New Solution

After much deliberation an Air Source Heat pump was the best option. With an underfloor heating system in a very efficient house the property suddenly became very easy to heat. To the amazement of Lyndsey and James the electricty bills have barely gone up whilst their wood bills have dropped through the floor.

“We only light the fire to heat the water for our showers now, which is brilliant – and feels a little lazy. The other fantastic thing is we know where our electricity comes from, it’s all renewable and so our heating just got greener.”

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • RHI payments
  • Clean and easy to manage
  • Efficient and cost effective
  • Perfect for the tired parents of a lively young child

Air source heat pumps can be an incredibly easy way to heat a house in the right circumstances. Not every home is suited to this kind of system, radiators can be hard to heat if that is all there is and, because it works on a low heat, if the house is not well insulated then it can struggle. It’s a question of the right tools for the right job.

In this situation the house was well insulated, underfloor heating downstairs has been installed throughout, two radiators and a towel rail are also supplied. As a consequence the house is so warm that even during the snowy weather the homeowners have not lit the fires very often and only to heat up water for showers or to cook a big dinner.

The other surprise to them is that the cost of their electric has not gone up. Lyndsey and James are very energy conscious and have a smart metre installed, this has meant they have been monitoring their energy useage before and after installation, without the electric oil radiator in play there seems to be no difference in their electric useage, whilst what they spend on wood has gone down significantly.

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Air Source Heat Pump the best solution for this Holiday Let


Property Type and Location

Andy and his family always wanted to use the two storey barn conversion next to their family home, a traditional Welsh farmhouse in Llansadwrn, West Wales. Up to now, the barn had only been used as storage and had no heating system.
Part of the planning permission requirements was the installation of a renewable heating solution.

Pre-existing System

There was no pre-existing system for this property as it was newly converted

New Solution

Having chosen biomass for their farmhouse, the family considered a wood pellet boiler first, but didn’t want their guests having to top up pellets.
The Air Source Heat Pump seemed a better solution. It relies on electricity and therefor is easier to control and maintain, allowing guests to enjoy their stay with clean heat.
The conversion was done following the latest building regulations with a higher insulation achieved than their farm house. The Under Floor Heating system also favoured the installation of an ASHP.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system is low maintenance, environmentally friendly and qualifies for RHI payments. It relies on electricity but for every electricity unit you pay for your ASHP usage, you get 3.7 units out of it (for free).


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Welsh Rarebit Centre in “The Old School House” in Defynnog, Sennybridge


Property Type and Location

"The Old School House", a beautiful heritage building in Defynnog, Sennybridge was left to a group of trustees with limited financial means.

The existing ancient log burner and some backup storage heaters simply weren’t enough to heat the Old School House in winter, especially with heat loss from customers constantly letting in cold air when opening or closing doors.
Business tenants had to abandon the building in winter. The trustees were committed to preserving the building as an asset for the village but with irregular rental payments they could never save up enough money to invest in restoration or a new heating system.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

The Solution – Klover Diva + – a 25KW Wood Pellet Boiler – Powerful, renewable, automated and efficient. Having seen the biomass boiler system at Wright’s Food Emporium the trustees called Nick in to find a solution for them. The Klover Diva + fits neatly into the space of the old log burner. The design blends perfectly into the interior of the attached bakery and all visitors can enjoy the comforting view of a fire burning through the glass window. The Klover is fully programmable and features sophisticated controls that makes it easy to run and allows the tenants to attend to their business without interruption.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

The system is sophisticated and easy to run.

By switching to renewable energy loans became available that otherwise would not have been accessible to the trustees. Repayments come back over a period of time via the governmental Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

The colour matches the style of the property and the burner provides a comforting atmosphere with the view of a fire burning through the glass window.
The centre can open all year round, providing a continuous asset for the village.


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Biomass pellet boiler in Manor House on the edge of Llandeilo – written by the client


Property Type and Location

Our property is a 17th Manor building which has been modernised in several steps since the 1990s.

The building had an existing efficient (oil) boiler, but we were seriously interested in reducing our carbon footprint. Shortly after moving in we put solar panels on the roof, but we wanted to do more for the environment than that.​

A further consideration was cost: Our first oil bill was roughly £450 but due to volatile market developments the second filling of our tank cost us almost £800. We wanted to protect ourselves from such huge fluctuations.

Pre-existing System

New Solution

A friend recommended Birds Hill Biomass who successfully installed a wood pellet boiler for him. Company director Nick came to our house for an informal, no obligation chat. We have our own spring, so our initial idea was to replace the dirty oil system with a ground heat pump system. Unfortunately, the original stone slate flooring and other factors make the property unsuitable for ground heat pumps (which run best with underfloor heating). Nick suggested a wood pellet boiler from Innasol to replace oil as fuelling source. Our house is huge, so we settled for a utility outbuilding boiler with an automated feeding system. That way we had no building work inside and can have the pellets delivered conveniently close to the burner.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • This system versus oil has significantly reduced C02
  • We receive 7 years RHI payments
  • Relatively automated solution – less than weekly top up with pellets
  • The ash tray only needs cleaning once a month
  • Easy to use, fully automated and programmable
  • Wood pellets sourced locally
  • Delivery of pellets easier and in more convenient location than oil tank, thanks to carefully chosen location and thoughtful design
  • System is linked to wi-fi and email – warnings of system failure to both, us and Birds Hill and control of system via computer
  • Rapid return on investment through the Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive)
  • Free heating for 7 years, plus index linked income circa £1500 p.
  • Annual income of £9,000 through the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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Solar Thermal system and Biomass pellet boiler for two properties in coastal setting on Gower


Property Type and Location

These two properties at the very successful Hill End Campsite are a typical Welsh stone cottage and a stone barn conversion. Set on the stunning Gower they have a wonderful and very exposed aspect by the sea.

Pre-existing System

Hill End Farmhouse and camping is set on the stunning Gower Peninsula and consists of a typical Welsh stone cottage and a stone barn conversion. The owners are very eco-friendly, and had already solar panels and a wood pellet boiler installed to provide heat and hot water to the two houses. However, the existing wood pellet boiler was outdated and less efficient than more modern models. The solar panels had ceased to function and needed replacing. The clients were pleased to learn that newer systems would not only further reduce their carbon foot print, but also be more efficient. On top of this, both qualify for the governmental RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme – the previous system hadn’t qualified.

New Solution

Solar Thermal
As mentioned earlier, the existing solar panel system was of an old type that lent itself to overheating. Newer products have come on to the market which are more efficient and sophisticated. And, many qualify for the RHI scheme.

From a selection of options the clients decided on Navitron evacuated solar thermal tubes. Whilst these are not as neat looking as the alternate flat panels they are exceptionally energy efficient, collecting huge amounts of solar energy throughout the day and providing up to 60% of your yearly hot water requirements. They also reduce costs.

We had also previously installed the compact Domusa system at this property.

The funding
Because the one boiler serves two properties, it qualified for the Non-Domestic RHI. The Non-Domestic RHI is extremely advantageous but it is not easy to access. In case of the Hill End farm the process actually required a detailed Heat Loss Assessment and evidence relating to the pre-existing Underground Heat Main (UGHM).
Therefore we managed the application process on behalf of the client and secured the full RHI for the heating system. The clients will now receive 20 years of RHI payments and pay back their expenses in around 3 – 4 years, an excellent return on their investment.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • This system versus oil has significantly reduced C02
  • They receive 20 years RHI payments
  • This system was compatible with the existing boiler
  • RHI payments for a period of 20 years
  • Increased efficiency
  • Sophisticated controls and ease of use.

The problem – outdated technologies

The solar panels on the building were not efficient enough nor did they qualify for RHI payments.

Considerations

Limitations in space and compatibility with existing wood pellet system were two key factors.

The solution

Navitron evacuated solar thermal tubes are exceptionally efficient and also function well with the Domusa system.

Benefits – rapid return on investment through the RHI and a cleaner, easier, sustainable heating system

  • This system was compatible with the existing boiler
  • RHI payments for a period of 20 years
  • Increased efficiency
  • Sophisticated controls and ease of use.

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Ground Source Heat Pump in Llanelli


Property Type and Location

Barn Conversion in Llanelli

Pre-existing System

Jason and Claire’s existing system was oil based, this was a poor system for them as they wanted a greener solution.

New Solution

We helped them install an IDM high efficiency ground source heat pump (GSHP) with field collectors.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

There is a large capital outlay but this system will have low running costs as well as benefitting from a good RHI payment. This large house had underfloor heating and good insulation so there will be low electricity input to heat this large house.

Another significant benefit was they no longer have to fuel delivered, there’s no cleaning and very low/nominal maintenance.

The system is connected to the internet which will flag any issues to the owner, ensuring they never have loss is service.

The system will provide a healthy RHI (Ground Source Heat Pump attracts the highest tarif), it will pay for itself and provide ongoing cover on the electricity.

This will protect them from fluctuating oil prices in an uncertain future.


This barn conversion in Llanelli was undergoing an extensive extension and so required a new heating system, the new build was meeting Building Regs so it had good insulation and required a large hot water system to heat the underfloor heating.

Considerations:

They had enough appropriate land to generate the heat with reasonable access to ensure machinery could get on site.

Recommended solutions:

Considered a variety of alternative solutions, but GSHP has far lower inputs.

The installation process:

The client was an engineer which meant that they did the ground works, we came and dealt with the plant room and installation of the ground collectors and the actual heat pump.

Installation was easy but there were challenges working around other builders and fitting in with the appropriate times, but we worked closely with the client and ensured that the project was succesful.

The result:

A warm house
Automated system
Abundant hot water
A no mess system
Easy to maintain
RHI payments which will cover the cost of the installation and contribute to the running costs

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Stylish Ravelli Geneva stove in Broad Oak


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Compact ETA boiler stove on Gower


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Cottage in Llanwrda gets Klover treatment


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Klover 80, heats house and water in Llandeilo


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Boiler range stove, Klover 120 in the heart of the kitchen


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Klover Smart 80 brings a touch of class to farmhouse


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Boiler range, Klover 120, cooks and heats in Llandeilo


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Klover Star 14 makes a cottage cosy in Alvington


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Domusa 25 brings warmth to house in Newton Abbot


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Klover 120 makes a cosy kitchen in Aberystwyth


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Efficient log boiler in Llanbrynmair


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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New wood pellet boiler in Llandissilio


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

New efficient wood pellet boiler in outbuilding

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Klover 120 wood pellet boiler cooker heats home in Pencader


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Klover Diva gives a great performance in Trapp


Property Type and Location

Pre-existing System

New Solution

New Renewable Heating System Benefits


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Biomass pellet boiler in coastal setting on Gower


Property Type and Location

These two properties at the very successful Hill End Campsite are a typical Welsh stone cottage and a stone barn conversion. Set on the stunning Gower they have a wonderful and very exposed aspect by the sea.

Pre-existing System

Historically Hill End Farmhouse and camping had an oil boiler, this was then changed a few years back to a wood pellet boiler, as this was prior to the RHIs this system did not qualify for the RHI and was inefficient. The two properties were served by the one boiler so they required a system that would be able to feed both properties.  Our clients wanted to reduce their carbon footprint which this new boiler achieves be we have also installed it in such a way that it can be integrated with one of our solar thermal systems in the future, which will also feed into the RHI.

New Solution

We recommended the Domusa 43 KW pellet boiler which feeds into a thermal store that feeds both properties and at some point in the future one of our solar thermal systems will be incorporated.

We have also now installed a solar thermal system to complement the Domusa.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • This system versus oil has significantly reduced C02
  • They receive 20 years RHI payments
  • Relatively automated solution – weekly top up with pellets
  • The ash tray only needs cleaning once a month

The problem:

The old system did not qualify for the RHI and had lots of inefficiencies and greater efficiencies have been made in the newer pellet boilers

Considerations:

Was there anything that would fit the awkward space?
Would it get the RHI? This query was because in the original system an underground heat pipe was in place and OffGen will look upon this unfavourably because of the potential heat loss. Our team managed to jump through all the necessary hoops to ensure that this part of the process was not a headache to the client and ensured we secured the full RHI for the heating system.

Recommended solution:

Domusa 43 KW pellet boiler feeding a thermal store to the two properties and because it was feeding two houses it qualified for the Non-Domestic RHI.

Installation process:

A buffer management system was introduced which has improved the efficiency of the system. The existing boiler room was small and awkward and after some research the Domusa was the best fit.

The result:

3 year pay back
Increased efficiency
20 years of RHI income

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Auto feed wood pellet boiler at a Grade II listed property in Hampshire


Property Type and Location

A Grade II* listed 10,000 sq ft manor house with a detached cottage in Hampshire.

Pre-existing System

The large Grade II* listed manor house was heated by an expensive and inefficient oil fuelled system and there was no central heating in the detached cottage. The entire property was due for a major refurbishment.

New Solution

Birds’ Hill Biomass installed a Froling P4 100kW auto feed wood pellet boiler and silo, in a purpose built outbuilding. The solution is compliant with planning requirements for Grade II* listed property.

New Renewable Heating System Benefits

  • Easy to use, fully automated and programmable heating and hot water provision.
  • Detailed metering system.
  • Wood pellets sourced locally, within Hampshire.
  • Annual income of £9,000 through the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The problem – Major refurbishment prompted rethink of inefficient heating system

Marcus and Lucinda’s were embarking on the first phase of a major refurbishment of their listed property and recognised that the upgrade provided an ideal opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their home and to move away from burning expensive and unsustainable heating oil. It also was a chance to modernise their cottage which previously had no central heating and put in a centralised system capable of supplying heat to other building in time.

Considerations – Meeting conservation requirements with a modern, sustainable heating system

The large scale refurbishment and modernisation of the Grade II* listed building is a complex process, requiring the input of a team of specialists including architects, conservation officers, engineers, project managers, builders, suppliers and installers. Nick Cater, Director of Birds Hill Biomass, was involved in a number of design team meetings where the local building conservation requirements were discussed in relation to the upgrade of the heating system.

Recommended solution – Biomass wood pellet boiler located within purpose built boiler house and silo

The heat demand calculations for the refurbished property determined that a 100 kW biomass boiler would be needed and having assessed the options for housing the biomass boiler within the existing outbuildings, it was decided that a purpose built garage / biomass boiler house would be the most appropriate solution. The biomass boiler system serves hot water and heating via high quality Rehau Under Ground Heat Mains to the manor house, the cottage and provides capacity for additional buildings in the future. Birds Hill Biomass provided the boiler room layout design and the architects were successful in gaining planning permission for the new within the curtilage of the listed property.

The Froling P4100kW biomass boiler is automatically fed with wood pellets via the purpose built silo, which means the system requires very little input from Marcus and Lucinda; the heating and hot water can be programmed in the same way as a conventional smart heating system, links into the new underfloor heating and has detailed metering arrangements to allow usage for the house and cottage to recorded separately. The large storage silo ensures that wood pellet deliveries from local fuel suppliers, Forever Fuels, can be kept to a minimum. The existing oil boiler has been retained and relocated within the boiler room as a backup system and top-up heat system.

The installation process – Trucks and telehandlers in the rain

Building the new boiler house and installing the new pipework for the heating main took place over a number of weeks, with members of the Birds Hill Biomass team on site throughout the process. Once the new construction was complete, the large wood pellet boiler was manoeuvred into place using a telehandler. Pouring rain added to the logistical challenges of moving trucks and large pieces of equipment around the site, but with all hands on deck, the installation was a success.

The result – Sustainable biomass heating for a historical property

Working with the design team, Birds Hill Biomass succeeded in coming up with a modern and efficient method of heating an historical home. Sourcing their wood pellets from within Hampshire means that Marcus and Lucinda now make use of a truly local and sustainable energy supply and have drastically reduced their carbon footprint. Additionally, the couple will be receiving an annual income of £9,000 through the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which will provide a return on investment that wouldn’t have been possible if they had continued using oil to heat their home.

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Installation Images

  • The tank being delivered
  • Boiler delivery
  • Boiler delivery
  • Buffer tank in place
  • Installing the new tank
  • Pipes to be buried!
  • Pipes being buried
  • Pipes being buried
  • Pipes being buried
  • Duct for underground heat main
  • Silo filler pipes