16 Oct National Heat Pump Awards scheme opens for entries
Leading manufacturers, consultants, contractors and end users are being invited to compete for top honours in the forthcoming National Heat Pump Awards 2012.
Entries are now invited for eleven categories in the expanded annual awards, which celebrate top technology, projects and personal contributions in this rapidly emerging renewable energy sector.
With energy prices rising sharply, heat pumps are seen as one of the most promising renewable energy technologies. They capture free energy from the environment – from the air, ground or water – and harness it to provide low-cost, low-carbon heating for homes, commercial premises and industry.
As a result, modern heat pumps enable businesses and home owners to significantly reduce their energy costs – in some cases by as much as 50 per cent – while ensuring high quality comfort.
Launched last year, The National Heat Pump Awards celebrate the best new products coming on-stream and their application in projects across the UK. The competition is backed by the industry’s leading bodies and some of the biggest companies in the market.
Tony Bowen, chairman of the judging panel, said: “The first year produced a good number of entries and indications of a growing market. The judges would like to see clear evidence of performance monitoring this year, and the guidance has been updated to encourage this. People need to see the evidence of low running costs and happy customers. We know it’s true, but we need to see the data.”
He added: “People go to a lot of trouble to gather the information for entries – and this can be used in all sorts of ways. For example, the winning entry for one of last year’s awards was submitted to Greg Barker, minister for climate change, as proof positive of the impact of heat pumps.”
For full details of the categories, eligibility and application process, visit the website www.national-heat-pump-awards.co.uk.