What is Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

MCS refers to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. It is a requirement of the Domestic RHI scheme that all heating systems are certified by MCS. MCS is an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), formerly known as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). MCS certifies both products and installation companies to help ensure that Microgeneration products are installed to a high standard.
You will need to provide an MCS certificate number as part of your application, to confirm that your heating system has been installed in line with the MCS installation standards (see below). Applicants who do not have an MCS certificate will not be eligible for the Domestic RHI. This is because MCS is currently the only certification body approved by BEIS for the Domestic RHI scheme.
Green Tech Surveys is a proud member of MCS as well as the other industry accreditations below that are in place to protect customers.
If you would like any more information about MCS contact Green Tech Surveys

Registration numbers to Green Tech Surveys Main Accreditations:

>> MCS: NAP/34010/20/1 Microgeneration Certification Scheme
>> Trustmark: 1929840
>> RECC: 00071386 Renewable Energy Consumer Code
>> IWA: GIZ.07.20   https://www.iwa.biz/ Insurance Backed Warranty

What is the life expectancy of a heat pump

The average life expectancy for a quality heat pump is 15 to 20 years. You will need to service a heat pump annually like you would a boiler to maintain the efficiency and maximise the life expectancy.

It’s a good idea to wash the machine down a few times a year with a cloth/sponge and water to help remove salt and ammonia this will help reduce corrosion. This is especially worthwhile if you live on or near the coast or in rural area.

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How does an air source heat pump work

The air source heat pump works on the same principles as a refrigerator, but in reverse, to produce heat instead of a coolant. This technology has been around for many years.

Extracts energy from the atmosphere and converts it into hot water

Works in all weather conditions 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Sun, rain, frost and snow

Works in temperatures as low as – 15 C

Norway, Germany, Scandinavia and Swaziland are just a few countries that use heat pumps they have a much harsher winter than the UK. Heat pumps work in cooler climates. The key is all about the quality of the company complete the process before, during and after the installation of a heat pump.

A heat pump should be installed and set up to heat the home or business on the coldest day. In the southern part of the UK this would be at minus 7 degrees Celsius or 19.5 Fahrenheit.

Heat pump installations should be installed to meet certain temperatures as a minimum you can turn the heating system up you are turn it down. You decide at what temperature you set the heating with the property. The most energy efficient will be 21 degrees Celsius for all rooms apart from Kitchen at 18 degrees Celsius and the bathroom at 22 degrees Celsius.

The importance of a good efficient installation is on many key factors that only comes from years of experience that Green Tech Survey have.

Installed throughout the UK for decades

Works with radiators, swimming pools and underfloor heating

Air source heat pump can heat home if they are installed correctly

Produces hot water in your water cylinder for use anywhere in the house

Reduces the cost of heating your home and the supply of hot water

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Contact Green Tech Surveys if you would like more information about air source heat pumps.

A little history

Heat pumps have had more than 20 years of research and development in Europe. Heat pump systems are available in about 30 countries around the globe. The concept was developed By Mr William Thomson (also known as Lord Kelvin) in 1852 and the first heat pump was built in the 1940s. Commercial heat pumps have been available since 1960s and 70s. Modern commercially available units place the emphasis on optimised design. Reliability of the technology is proven.

The Beginning

Mr Robert C. Webber, an American inventor, is credited with building the first heat pump during the late 1940s. Webber got the idea for the heat pump by accident when he was experimenting with his deep freezer, and burned his hand after unintentionally touching the outlet pipes of the cooling system. The burning of his hands gave him ideas for the basic mechanics of how he would build the heat pump.

Heat Pump Invented

Mr Webber followed multiple steps to create the first heat pump. According to MasterTherm, “He connected the outlet piping from a freezer to a hot water heater and, since the freezer was producing constant excess heat, he hooked up the heated water to a piping loop.” Then Webber used a small fan to propel the warm air in the building. After he saw that his invention was successful, he built a full size heat pump to provide heat for his entire home.
This information was gained from research into the history of heat pumps by Green Tech Surveys.
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Will a heat pump heat my home and pride all my hot water needs

YES a good installation based a bespoke renewable heat design will provide all the heating and hot water demand needed. Most domestic properties will only need one heat pump. Air Source heat pumps come in different shapes and sizes ranging from 5kW to 17kW. It’s really important that the following basics are covered to ensure you have a successful installation.

  • Quality survey
  • Experienced person dealing with heat loss calculations, heat loading and heat design
  • BTU’s are worked out for each room and radiators changed where needed
  • Experienced person carrying out the Pre Installation Survey to plan the installation for the installation team
  • Top quality equipment, machinery, parts and material used for the installation
  • Experienced installation team that install the renewable heating system
  • Post installation inspection and commission by a qualified person

The head pump installation needs to be installed so it works at the coldest temperatures when the property most needs heating.

Green Tech Surveys only work to the above high standards understanding the reasonability that we have to our customers. Green Tech Surveys are completely responsible for the heating systems that we install. The owner of the Green Tech Surveys dictates the quality of every installation ensuring and maintaining the highest standards.

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How is the Renewable Heat Incentive worked out

This is worked out using the MCS (MCS: NAP/34010/20/1 Microgeneration Certification Scheme) calculator based on a number of factors that the engineer has worked out from the survey report.

The space heat and hot water demand that you will find on the EPC for the property if this is less than 7 years old is a good indicator of how much you could be awarded. Older EPC’s do not show this information so a new EPC will be needed. If you do have this information on the EPC then you will see the amount of kWh’s for both the Space Heat and How Water Demand this can be a good guide to how much you would be awarded. Green Tech Surveys are happy giving you a guide to how much RHI you would receive based on some core information just contact us.

The application is a simple online process with Ofgem. A complete guide is available contact us for this.

Before installation an estimated RHI payment will be provided. This tends to be a conservative estimate. This information can be gained from the Survey and heat loss calculations.

After completion of the installation

Once Ofgem has agreed this amount it is fixed for 7 years index linked and TAX free. Payments are paid ever three months direct to you. Once the installation has been completed and commissioned you receive the Customer Handover Pack an appointment will be made to complete the RHI application generally within 2-3 weeks this application is processed then paid every three months for 7 years.

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What is RHI Payments or Renewable Heat Incentive

Who can apply for the RHI Payments the simple answer anyone who owns a property that installs the renewable energy technology the RHI scheme supports.
The Government backed Renewable Heat Incentive also known as RHI Payments has been put in place to encourage the take up of renewable technologies to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions such as:

Air source heat pump >>> for central heating and hot water

Ground source heat pump >>> for central heating and hot water

Solar thermal >>> for hot water sun dependant

Biomass >>> for central heating and hot water

RHI Payments are paid over a period of 7 years (Once an RHI application has been approved by Ofgem you are locked in for the 7 year)
Payments are paid every three months

Tax Free and Index linked

The average amount paid for domestic installations for air source heat pumps is from £7,000 to £11,000 paid over a 7 year period.
The average amount paid for domestic installations for ground source heat pumps is from £18,000 to £28,000 paid over a 7 year period.
Commercial RHI is paid over 20 years. All commercial enquiries email: info@greentechsurveyors.co.uk
Email Green Tech Surveys if you would like to request the Renewable Heat Incentive complete guide from Ofgem.
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