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  1. voivod

    voivod Plumber GSR

    Have been asked to quote to fit the above in a house . Have done them all individually or linking two out of three but usually with gas or electric back up.
    the only time have see all three linked (not by me ) the customer was complaining about lack of hot water from their thermal store especially when heating running and no stove fired up.

    Its a 16kw ground source heat pump .Just looking for ideas and drawings of best practise as customer supplying :cuss:, and seems to be from different manufacturers. Want to get ahead of the problems before they turn up lol

    Thanks in advance
  2. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    What's the total Kw rating of all 3 and who specified the 16kw ground source?
    What size Thermal store?

    It's going to struggle I suspect.
  3. voivod

    voivod Plumber GSR

    Its a new kit built . Specs by sap calcs and architect.
    They hadnt thought about how to do it all so have asked me to work something out with their choice stove /heat pump and solar thermal .
    I can stipulate specs of buffer etc
  4. Nostrum

    Nostrum Plumber GSR

    Question to ask is why?

    Just because you can doesn't mean it's the best solution.

    If the heat pumps sized right it should be sufficient. Solar through a twin coil cylinder would be advantageous. Keep the wood burner for room heating only rather than wet side.
  5. voivod

    voivod Plumber GSR

    its the customers idea...trying to figure out best way.
    And also to figure best bugger tank size for it :(
    Fecking hate when customer wants to get own stuff. usually get 1 manufacturer and get them to help spec .
  6. JonG1

    JonG1 New Member

    I think I would be talking them out of it or walking away especially without the supply margin. ST only saves a truly marginal amount PA based on several studies incl. EST.

    High temps in the store from the stove and ST could trip the HP stat or cause high return errors.

    Stove is gravity (usually) and the rest sealed, which side has the HEX therefore and how do you design the control strategy?

    It will also make the RHI complex too.
  7. Nostrum

    Nostrum Plumber GSR

    Buffer tank or store?

    Buffer volume will depend on total system volume and minimum cycle time etc specified by heat pump manufacturer. You may need 200 litre's, you may need none at all.

    Don't go for a thermal store for the reasons above. A twin coil cylinder would work best if you want to include solar thermal.

    The costs involved in a wet system wood burner installation outweigh they gains to be had unless it's is entirely your only source of heat. Get them to rethink and stick with a dry stove.
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  8. Worcester

    Worcester Plumber

    And then you've got to control the heating / emitter side correctly depending upon the temperature in the store and heat load. It can be done, though needs to be designed FIRST. There's a charge for that :)

    SAP not adequate for the full heating design in this instance either - if you install heat pumps under MCS you know this though..

    New build? - any MVHR?

    Check the Akva site for possible schematics, though you won't get design details from there.
  9. voivod

    voivod Plumber GSR

    Thanks all. Been to visit them today . They have decided to have heating by ground source (no buffer). And seperate hwc fitted heated by ground source and solar thermal.With an electric back up . This is the manufacturers spec so should be ok
    Told them stove would be not good as they have turned house upside down (bedrooms down / living upstairs , cylinder downstairs.
    And full MVHR so can spread heat from stove .
    They also didnt seem to realise how big a buffer tank would be needed .
    Common sense seems to be taking hold ...for now lol
  10. Worcester

    Worcester Plumber

    Even good practice would put a 10 litre/kW buffer in for the GSHP .. makes a big difference to the efficiency, cycling etc - I don't know of a single GSHP that recommend no buffer - what make is it that they are looking at?

    GSHP's aren't generally inverter driven like ASHP's so they don't modulate, they are either on or off, hence the buffer...

    !6kW, single or twin / cascade, if twin compressor or cascade, you only need to buffer size for the larger of the two - think about it... so if twin 8KW, only need an 80 litre buffer.
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  11. Norcs

    Norcs Member

    The wet stove is good option. About 8kw to water is ample and only use it to heat the bedroom floor + heat leak rad.
    If ufh is being fitted then fit rads for the stove.
    On its own separate system then the controls are simplified.

    Usual set up with hi-lo stats, injector T, 28mm primaries, gravity rad on the first floor and pumped to the ground floor.
    Then the customer has back up when the heat pump fails and cheap to implement.
  12. JonG1

    JonG1 New Member

    Plenty of manufacturers are happy without, Danfoss, IVT, IDM, Heliotherm (which also modulates), Kensa all have schematics without buffers.

    Generally they are better going straight to screed than rads but provided the flow volume, flow rate and min system volume is available it can make for a very simple system. We have done plenty where with good design the UFH can be totally open circuit.

    Small buffers can often cause more cycling due to mixing, especially with units that sample the system to effect a response and in any event TP controls can quickly upset the stratification pumping in and out even if the HP circulator is off. Some of the Austrians recommend 30 litres per kw for this reason.

    Combined buffer and hot water buffers are also common in Austrian installs, which save some space but are generally 500l plus to give a similar tapping volumes to a 300l cyl.
  13. Norcs

    Norcs Member

    The buffer connected in parallel means no mixing can occur. Longer run times in theory should be possible than in series where mixing will inevitably occur.
  14. JonG1

    JonG1 New Member

    We thought that, but testing by Kiwa(?) proved otherwise, their research indicated that the best layout for run times was actually in series on the return.
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  15. Nostrum

    Nostrum Plumber GSR

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