Poole Tidal Energy Partnership News
14 March 2014
Closure of Heatpump project at Upton

After much study & tea, the PTEP volunteers have established that our innovative water pump aim to heat Upton Country Park Tea Room is not economically feasible. The distance from pond to the tearooms, the lack of water flow into the pond, the nature of the historic site (especially crossing the walled garden), and despite proposing various insulation measures, the poor thermal qualities of the tearoom building, made it likely that the investment would not be well spent. We have learned much from studying all aspects, and in particular, the internal insulation of the roofspace is anticipated to go ahead. PTEP will continue to look at pursuing other renewable energy projects in the area.

14 March 2014
Radio Solent Interview with PTEP
Radio Solent this morning conducted an interview with a director of PTEP with regard to the project being implemented at Upton Country Park and about longer term ideas for a district heating system. The interview was transmitted around 7.40am on the Julian Clegg show.
11 March 2014
PTEP Article on BBC News Dorset -"Dorset tearoom tests Poole Harbour heat scheme"

"A project to install a renewable energy heating system in a Dorset tearoom is to become a showcase for a proposed large-scale district heating scheme.

The under-floor system being planned at Upton Country Park in Poole will extract heat from a nearby duck pond.

Partners in the project want to use it to promote plans for a district system using heat drawn from Poole Harbour.

Poole Tidal Energy Partnership will invite tenders for the tearoom, with work expected to start in November.

The partnership, which includes Borough of Poole, Transition Town Poole, Bournemouth University and others, has been exploring ways to use the harbour as a source of energy.

'Investor confidence'

Director Paul Cooling said: "We felt that trying to dive straight into the harbour would bring a lot of challenges, not just about the technology but also for the various interests in the harbour.

"If we could do a small-scale project, it would help people understand what we are trying to do, understand how the technology works and build investor confidence."

While water-sourced district heating is used in Scandinavia, Mr Cooling said the only large-scale project he had heard of in the UK was that of Kingston Heights in Surrey, which draws warmth from the River Thames to heat an apartment and office complex.

Poole Tidal Energy Partnership is already looking ahead to identify sites around the harbour that could benefit from district heating. Planning applications and tender invitations are expected to be finalised in the next few weeks.

The tearoom system, which will use heat pump technology, is hoped to be up and running by January or February 2015."

The original article can be viewed here


December 2013
Much of PTEP's effort during this year has been focussed on establishing the viability of extracting heat energy from water; with the eventual aim of using Poole Harbour as the energy source. The method proposed is to use water-source heat pumps for extracting and concentrating low grade heat energy stored in the water to provide space heating and water heating for local buildings.
It is envisaged that this system can be scaled up in the future for wider benefit. Such systems have been used in Sweden for many years to provide a significant contribution to district heating systems. Visits have been conducted to several existing sites where the technology is already used and these visits have provided valuable insight from the experiences of others.
PTEP is now planning to install a small scale system at Upton Country Park, Poole. Upton Country Park, in ownership of the Borough of Poole, comprises a Grade II listed mansion, with a separate stable block comprising tearooms and art gallery. PTEP's objective is to provide heating for the stable block, in advance of a separate review of renewable energy options for the entire site.
Whilst Upton Country Park lies adjacent to the upper reaches of the harbour, for this small scale project it is intended to use energy extracted from a duck pond within the grounds to provide space heating and domestic hot water for the tearooms and art gallery areas.
In addition to reducing the current fuel costs, the system will reduce the carbon footprint and provide a demonstration site for the technology. For further details, please visit the Upton Country Park website where more information is provided about this project.