Helping to heat the Highlands

8th January 2022

A MAJOR project to install air source heat pump systems to local authority homes in the West Highlands is launched today by Procast Energy Services.

The £950,000 programme of improvements will affect three housing estates in Oban, Argyll, and it should be complete by the end of March 2022.

The project entails the installation of ASHP units linked to Sunamp heat batteries to provide heating and hot water for a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom social housing properties.

Procast will draw upon their considerable energy services expertise to deliver the project for West Highland Housing, who are responsible for about 1,000 affordable homes in the widespread and rural Oban, Lorn and Inner Hebridean areas.

State-of-the-art phasing-changing materials – which absorb and release large amounts of energy – will be utilised within the Sunamp batteries to maximise the efficiency of the overall heating and hot water systems.

It is the first contract Procast have undertaken using phase-changing materials within battery storage systems.

This project forms the first phase of a whole-house upgrade project that WHH are rolling out across all their social housing properties.

The delivery of the programme of works will see Procast use their own heating engineers, designers, electricians, joiners, builders and management team.

Malcolm McPherson, who will head up the PES team, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with West Highland Housing on this exciting state-of-the-art heating contract.”

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