Sainsbury’s invest in ground source heat pump technology
British Gas has partnered with Sainsbury’s for this £15 million project, the biggest ground source heat pump programme in the UK. The move will see Sainsbury’s eventually using geothermal technology to regulate the cooling and heating of its largest UK stores. The plan includes 15 new ground source heat pumps, which will be installed at stores over the next three to four years.
The scheme is all part of Sainsbury’s 20.20 sustainability promise, a plan which includes 20 specific ecological goals to be achieved by 2020. The British Gas Business Services energy performance team is the technology guarantors for this exciting and innovative project, with responsibility for the installation and maintenance of the ground source heat pumps.
What is geothermal heating?
Geothermal heating is an innovative method of energy regulation. It is becoming more popular both with homeowners and with those who make energy decisions in large, commercial buildings like Sainsbury’s stores. Geothermal heating systems absorb heat already generated by the earth, which naturally maintains a regular, constant temperature of 10C-16C or 50F-60F.
Coming to a store near you
Sainsbury’s has chosen up to 15 sites to install the ground source heat pumps. Is your local store being renovated? Stores in Godalming, Wolverhampton, Fosse Park in Leicester and Calcot in Reading have all had the energy efficient technology installed. In addition, work has commenced at stores in Ellesmere Port, Monks Cross, Thanet, Redditch and Newbury.