Prudhoe Fire Station Site Progress: Up and running

Since being commissioned in May the system has been performing well, delivering 100% of Prudhoe fire station’s heating and hot water.

Kensa staff have held a training day at the station with Northumberland County Council maintenance staff to ensure they are familiar with the system, its simple to use controls and steps to follow in the event of any system irregularities. The Kensa ground source heat pump system is covered by a Kensa 2 year service and maintenance package, thereafter Northumberland County Council staff will take over the maintenance of the system, backed up by Kensa’s remote support team.

The non domestic Renewable Heat Incentive submission has been made on behalf of the council to ensure quarterly guaranteed RHI payments for the next 20 years.

Headering stages at Prudhoe Fire Station:


Amble Fire Station Site Progress: Up and running


The system was installed and fully commissioned in mid July.

The fire officers at the station report that the system is performing great, and that the station is always to the desired temperature.

The ground source heat pump installation includes heating the appliance bay of the station. Although not needed for officer comfort, maintaining the appliance room at 16°C helps maintain the equipment and prolong its life.

The ground at the front of the station has recovered well with the borehole positions and trenching routes hard to distinguish.


Seahouses Fire Station Site Progress: In progress


The installation at Seahouses was delayed whilst we worked with Northern Power Networks to ensure that the installation of the heat pump does not effect the electrical supply to surrounding buildings.

We have now worked a solution and will be installing a 24kW twin compact for space heating along with a 6kW shoebox heat pump to perform the hot water load and to help with heating on the coldest days.

The final installation work will begin at Seahouses on 11/9/17; this work will be carried out by Oakes Energy Services.


Keep following our blog here to stay up to date with this first project between Kensa Heat Pumps and Northumberland County Council.


Project in brief:

  • Three fire stations operated by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service;
  • Heated by electric night storage heaters which have reached the end of their useful life and need replacing;
  • A Kensa Twin Compact ground source heat pump system installed inside each station;
  • Borehole ground array;
  • Commercial installations qualifying for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive;
  • Sequential installations to be completed in Summer 2018.

Read more about the background to this first project between Northumberland County Council and Kensa Heat Pumps here.

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