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Green firm cleans up at national awards ceremony

A renewable energy company has won national acclaim for its pioneering work on a landmark environmental project in the North East.

County Durham firm Revolution Power has landed the prestigious Renewable Project of the Year title at the H&V News awards in London.

The award is in recognition of its work on the Newbiggin Maritime Centre in Northumberland, which – thanks to Revolution Power’s expertise in integrating renewable technologies – makes the Centre one of the most sustainable buildings in the region.

The company installed 10 square meters of solar thermal (for hot water production), 1,000 square meters of under-floor heating and 20kW solar Photo Voltaic (PV) panels, along with 112kW of Air Source Heat Pumps which provide 100 per cent of the Centre’s heating load into the £2.5m building.

This six-month community project required the second largest installation of Mitsubishi Air Source Heat Pumps in the North East, which were designed and installed to ensure optimum efficiency and provide a comfortable environment for visitors, while keeping the Centre’s carbon footprint to a minimum.

The solar panels on the Centre will produce 12,972 kWh of electricity per year, which saves approximately 11,463kg of carbon dioxide per year and provides a significant proportion of the Centre’s energy requirements.

The project won the H&V News award in what is a fiercely competitive category involving high quality entrants from across the country.

Managing director Wayne Richardson, who picked up the award at a glittering ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, said: “To be recognised for our work on the Newbiggin Maritime Centre has made what was already a hugely rewarding project even more worthwhile.

“The renewable systems installed on the Maritime Centre will not only benefit the environment but will help maintain low running costs during times of escalating energy prices.

“Winning this award not only recognises Revolution Power’s capabilities, but more importantly it rewards the commitment of the volunteers at the Maritime Centre who wanted the building to act as a shining example of what can be achieved when using an integrated approach to renewable technologies.”

Dennis Flower, editor of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning trade magazine H&V News, said: “The event continues to represent the pinnacle of achievement for the winners, recording a 70 per cent increase in entries over the last two years, and is underpinned by quality and integrity, the two key components integral to the H&V News brand.”

Revolution Power, which supplies renewable energy products and services to domestic, commercial, community, educational and agricultural projects, has boosted the green credentials of several major developments in the region, including Durham University Science Department and numerous schools and colleges in the North East.

For more information on the firm, visit www.revolutionpower.co.uk.

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