James Campbell is your local Dimplex Approved contact for the design and installation of Ground and Air Source Heat Pump systems, providing tailored solutions to your heating requirements.
James has been installing plumbing and heating systems throughout Argyll and the Islands for more that 10 years, however when he first saw a demonstration model of the geothermal system he made the decision to change the focus of his business towards renewable energy sources.
Over the last few years he has made a major investment in drilling and other equipment, also training and development to enable his business to provide fully integrated geothermal heating systems throughout the area. He has already secured contracts to carry out installations on the Argyll islands
Heat from the earth can be used as an energy source. With the development of Geothermal ground source heat pumps (GSHPS) heat can be drawn from under the earth, extracted, then evenly distributed throughout your building to warm it all year round.
With this system the water is heated in pipes using the natural warmth deep below the earth is re-circulated over and over - no new water is required. The heat is then transferred through the walls of the piping and as it continues to circulate it extracts the heat from the ground using the naturally renewable temperature of the earth’s crust. The technology is not rocket science, to put it simply:
The system does not operate by heating or cooling air with fuel, but instead moves heat from the ground to the building or vice-versa. We are tapping an inexhaustible source of renewable energy, making heat pumps a better alternative than burning scarce and expensive non-renewable fossil fuels.
Geothermal systems are fully capable of supplying 100% of your heating and cooling needs, no matter where you live.
Drilling boreholes for geothermal energy is the most difficult part of the Geothermal System installation, mainly because the topography and geology of Scotland’s west coast is as complex as anywhere in the world, therefore selecting and carrying out the drilling process to suit the geological and site conditions is as important as selecting the correct GSHP. Argyll Geothermal has the equipment, the skills and the experience to deliver a complete drilling service for the geothermal market. Closed Loop systems circulate a water-based solution through a small diameter "loop" underground pipes in boreholes usually 40 – 100m in depth, The loop is surrounded with thermally enhanced borehole grouting products designed to maximise the borehole efficiency. In cold weather heat is absorbed from the earth and transferred to the GSHP unit. The GSHP unit amplifies the heat and delivers it indoors. In warm weather the process is reversed, and excess heat is carried from indoors and into the earth.
Open Loop systems utilise groundwater from a well as a direct energy source. Simply run the groundwater via a borehole pump through the GSHP unit.
In addition to the original geothermal system where geothermal wells are used for heating only, a newer system is now available to incorporate building foundations – piles- as well as geothermal heating.
The use of geothermal energy techniques integrated in structural pile foundations has the capability of being an efficient and cost effective solution in domestic and commercial building projects. Generally known as structural energy piles, these systems use plastic piping transfer heat from the ground to the building. Since the temperature within the ground remains relatively constant, the circulating water maintains a constant temperature throughout the year, providing a safe, energy efficient and reliable heating system. Effectively, geothermal piles will reduce the need for traditional sources of heating and cooling and will bring the idea of carbon-neutral buildings closer to reality
We can undertake geotechnical site investigations and soil surveys to meet NHBC soil survey requirements, foundation design or for other site development or planning purposes.
Micropiles are small diameter piles that can be installed in almost any type of ground where piles are required. Micropiles can offer a viable alternative to conventional piling techniques, particularly in restricted access or low headroom situations.
For all information about Boreholes and Waterwell drilling through out Argyll and beyond please visit W James Campbell Ltd new website for that part of the business on the link below.
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