Nature powers industry at Gripple UK, thanks to Stiebel Eltron

Nature powers industry at Gripple UK, thanks to Stiebel Eltron

Gripple UK, the world-leading manufacturer of wire joining and tensioning systems, is using renewable energy and eco-friendly heat pump technology in its newly expanded HQ.

 

The employee-owned company has just completed a huge renovation project to extend and upgrade its factory and offices, which were officially opened just outside Sheffield in July.

 

A key factor of the project was that it should be as environmentally friendly as possible and renewable energy company Energy Jump were brought on board, identifying the adjacent River Don as a key heat source.

 

The river contains heat emitted by a nearby steel factory, so Energy Jump fitted Stiebel Eltron heat pumps to extract the heat from the river. Three WPF 66 heat pumps and one WWK 300AH now provide all the heat needed for the 2,200 sq metres of factory space and office buildings, distributed through Jaga unit heaters, underfloor heating and oversized radiators. The system utilises Gripple products, as the heat pump pipework is secured on its industrial hanging system.

Gordon Macrae, special projects manager at Gripple, said: “This is a great example of industry utilising the power of nature. We got rid of the inefficient old gas heaters and have provided comfort to our employees, while remaining sympathetic to the surrounding environment.”

 

The eco credentials of the heat source is reflected in other areas of the project; Energy Jump also installed a 116KW solar PV system while a green wall has been created using hydroponics (fish excrement as a plant fertiliser). Energy Jump and Stiebel Eltron worked closely with the Environment Agency to ensure standards were met and that the River Don salmon fish pass that was being constructed at the time was not disturbed.

 

Rob Samuelson of Energy Jump said: “We’ve transformed a cold and draughty space into a comfortable working environment in a matter of weeks - thanks to the swift pump sizing and support given by Stiebel Eltron, the green credentials of Gripple’s UK plant are very impressive.”

Stiebel Eltron UK managing director, Mark McManus, said: “We are pleased to have worked so closely with, Energy Jump, Gripple and the Environment Agency on this project, to be able to reassure the client that its approach to nature was respected. This was the brief given by the employees themselves, so could not be compromised. The end result is a much more efficient, aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic system.”

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For more information contact Ed Casson at BIG Partnership on 0161 828 4225 or email edward.casson@bigpartnership.co.uk