Wembley Stadium was the backdrop for the LG renewable heating event that saw the launch of the new Therma V R32 Monobloc air to water heat pump range.
Described by LG as the first full range of R32 Monobloc heat pumps available, the latest Therma V addition is available in 5kW to 16kW 1Ø and 12kW to 16kW 3Ø, in a wide operating range of between 10-135Hz and water temperatures up to 65°C without an electric backup heater. It comes with an energy label rating of A+++ (ready for September 2019 erp changes).
LG units promise quicker response times for the provision of heating and cooling, by sensing not only the temperature but also pressure. A pressure control sensor provides a faster and more accurate response, reducing the time delay for implementing heating or cooling commands significantly. The addition of pressure control enables the Therma V R32 Monobloc to take less time to reach the desired temperatures, with up to 30% quicker response in cooling and 44% quicker response in heating, with a high level of accuracy and stability built in.
Andrew Hooper, LG’s UK & Ireland heating manager, said: “As a package for the installer and the end user, this is a game changer in the air to water air source heat pump marketplace. The market for air source heat pumps is set to explode in the UK and this new range puts LG in pole position to take advantage of that increase in popularity.
"The UK is currently 25th out of 27 countries in Europe when it comes to renewable energy which is a sad fact, but one we need to address. Only 16,000 air source heat pumps were installed in the UK in the past year – compared to more than 1 million in Germany. We will see the global air source heat pump market swell to around £90 billion by 2020 and here in the UK we will see exponential growth of renewable systems over the next ten years, whatever happens with BREXIT.
"This new range of LG Therma V R32 Monobloc units puts us in a very good place, able to provide a high quality solution to the developers and end users in the UK looking for an energy efficient, cost efficient, eco-friendly source of heating and hot water that is ready and able to challenge the stranglehold of the traditional boilers that we have a love affair with here in the UK.”
The Therma V R32 Monobloc series also incorporates LG’s Ocean Black Fin epoxy resin coating on its heat exchangers, designed to perform well in corrosive environments, giving longer lifespan and lower operational costs for the units, contributing to reliability of the overall system.
LG also introduced its new 0800 Repair service, through its partnership with nationwide company Pacifica Group, which it says allows it to compete on a level playing field with the gas boiler industry.
Andrew Hooper added: “This is another turning point for us as a business and means we can offer the support and back up service to match the quality of the equipment we offer the industry. As well as offering the most reliable equipment you can specify and buy, we can now offer the peace of mind that customers seek for those occasions when support is required.”
LG is stepping up its training provision with additional training courses for installers via GRE Energy Training in Chesterfield. In addition to the training available at its headquarters in Weybridge, LG can now offer an additional two free one day courses a month. This is a new option and already 60 engineers have benefitted from training in Chesterfield. receiving theoretical and hands on training working on LG equipment.
Finally, LG announced the impending release of its MMSP – its Metering and Monitoring Service Package - developed in conjunction with Regin. This is a tool for servicing and diagnostic procedures for installers. It will run alongside the RHI scheme with an immediate incentive of £805 and a further £115 a year payable alongside the remaining RHI or up to seven years of a heat pump’s installation.