Ashburn Stoves was co-founded by a fully hands on heating engineering company with 30 years experience and a consultant specialising in research and housing development.
Directly from our base on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales on the Lancashire / Yorkshire border, or through our growing list of partners and installers throughout the whole of the UK; we provide biomass, solar thermal and heat-pump parts, service, training and support.
Biomass – burning organic material, more often wood but also a variety of crops; which can be re-grown, re-capturing carbon to complete the renewable cycle.
Associated Appliances: High efficiency automated biomass boilers, boiler stoves and log stoves
Solar Thermal – capturing energy from the sun using wet (liquid filled) solar panels. Solar thermal systems capture energy directly into the heating system via heat exchanges. Not to be confused with Solar PV, which feeds electricity back into the energy grid.
Associated Appliances: Solar PV panels, high efficiency heat exchangers, insulated pipe systems.
Heat Pumps – heat pumps are in effect a fridge in reverse. They capture heat from the air (air source pumps) or from the ground (ground source pumps), passing that through heat exchangers into the heating system. To do this they do use electricity, however the cost to gain ratio is currently very positive.
Associated Appliance: Ground source heat pumps using vertical bore holes or shallow pipe matrix, high efficiency heat exchangers, insulated pipe systems.
All the above link to a ‘Multi-Energy Heat Bank ‘* and require pumps / pump stations to circulate the heat. These are normally supported by UPS packs to provide power should the main supply fail.
‘Fan Coil’ heaters are normally used in commercial areas where they use high efficiency heat exchangers to convert hot water into hot/blown air.
Our Fundamental Advice:
In the real world one of the above systems may not, in isolation provide a 100% solution to a home’s heat and hot water needs – on demand.
We need to consider what people want:
- Good economy
- High levels of automation
- Heat and hot water on demand
- Some independence from utility companies
- To place low impact upon the environment and traditional forms of energy
- Comfortable living
We advocate the ‘Hot Stuff’ Multi-Energy-Heat-Bank*
Think of this as a large battery for hot water which uses high efficiency insulation, capturing heat from a renewable system at optimum times. For example Solar PV would generate heat during the day, storing that heat to be available on-demand in the evening. It may be topped up at night by an automatic biomass boiler, a log stove with back boiler or a high efficiency electrical heating element powered off the on-grid supply.
The use of an electrical heating element does mean a system is not 100% renewable, but systems which provide the vast majority of their generation from renewables are still, in reality, a huge step forward for a home/business and society in general.
The diagram below clearly shows how different energy sources can be brought together to form a flexible system for differing circumstances.