Ground source heat pumps at Cromford Court

Cromford CourtE.ON’s Sustainable Energy business has started work to provide low carbon heating systems to 43 homes at Cromford Court in Derbyshire.

The project which is being carried out in conjunction with High Peak Community Housing and High Peak Borough Council, will involve the installation of innovative, low carbon ground source heat pumps (GSHP) at 43 homes in the sheltered housing building.

As one of the most efficient renewable technologies, GSHPs will bring more affordable and sustainable heating to the residents of Cromford Court, with the potential to save over 60%* on annual energy costs and 62%** on carbon emissions.

Michael Woodhead, Managing Director of E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said: “High Peak’s green ambitions, together with E.ON Sustainable Energy's expertise, will bring more affordable and sustainable heating to the residents of Cromford Court. Working together and in conjunction with the residents, we can make a real difference by helping the council reduce its carbon footprint and tackle fuel poverty.

“As part of the project, E.ON will also improve the pipe work in the building which in turn will increase water pressure making it doubly beneficial for residents.”

Mike Coppock, Head of Asset Management at High Peak Community Housing, said: “The installation of GSHP at Cromford Court is vital in helping the Council meet its aim to become a greener community. By utilising E.ON’s expertise in sustainability we will be able to make a real difference to residents living costs as well as changing the way that they view and use energy.”

Ground source heat pumps work by extracting heat from the ground to provide heating and hot water. The heat is captured via a bore hole in the resident’s garden, which is drilled down 80 metres below the surface, and is then distributed throughout the home via traditional radiators, under floor heating and hot water cylinders.



*Anticipated average savings across the 43 properties at Cromford Court. Based on typical one and two bedroom flats with an average floor area of 42.44m2, average heat loss coefficient 67.7w/K, radiators & 150 litre cylinders and a total average heat load for space heating & hot water of 4645kWh. Savings based on an electricity fuel price of £0.1139 (based on UK 2008 average). 

**Anticipated average savings across the 43 properties at Cromford Court. Based on typical one and two bedroom flats with an average floor area of 42.44m2, average heat loss coefficient 67.7w/K, radiators & 150 litre cylinders and a total average heat load for space heating & hot water of 4645kWh. Carbon savings based on an emissions factor of 0.422kg Co2 per kWh.