Students earn Clivet trip


15 January 2019
air source heat pump fife college ecohouse
Susan Crombie (second left) and Mercedes DeQuer (fourth left) with fellow students and Graham Evans of Clivet (back left) and John Wincott from Fife College (back right)
Fife College students Susan Crombie and Mercedes DeQuer have won a trip to Italy to visit the Clivet factory and learn more about heat pump systems.

A competition to design the interior of a Fife College ecohouse challenged students to take the blank canvas of a basic house and design an interior that makes it into a home.
The college has been working with Clivet on a project that will use the company's ELFOPack heat pump systems to demonstrate and teach the theory and practice to students. The ecohouse, based at the college’s Stenton Campus, will also be used to demonstrate the system to possible users, builders, and local councils, so that they have a chance to see it in operation in a ‘real’ house.

Graham Evans, Clivet residential heat pump & light commercial business development manager, said: “Clivet Group UK are pleased to offer the students and staff the opportunity to understand the importance of renewable energy and in particular heating, cooling and air quality. It is our intention and responsibility to introduce these products to the next generation of installers and designers and what better place to start than Fife College, where the enthusiasm to learn and embrace the technology is clear and very welcome.”

John Wincott, environmental services coordinator, said: “Fife College is delighted to be working with Clivet and using our ecohouse project to demonstrate this innovative use of heat pump technology. One of the biggest challenges facing the domestic heating marketing going forwards is our reliance on gas central heating. The Clivet system provides heating, cooling and hot water in one integrated unit, as well as filtering the air in the house to ensure that the home environment is as comfortable as possible. The system is ideally suited to new build properties where energy efficiency is part of the design. For our Interior design students to be involved in this project illustrates how wide-ranging the skills requirements are in modern building projects.”

ELFOPack is an “all in one” air source heat pump unit, which covers the needs of heating, cooling, hot water production, mechanical ventilation with thermodynamic heat recovery and electronic filtration. It uses the ducts of controlled mechanical ventilation for maintaining ambient comfort.

Key features:
  • Ambient comfort through a compact system using heat pump technology for introducing air into the rooms at the ideal conditions of temperature and humidity. Thanks to the low thermal inertia, it quickly meets the required cooling or heating load.
  • Domestic hot water production, simultaneously to heating and cooling, with very low energy consumption in winter, and free in summer. 
  • Continuous air purification, using electronic filters, with efficiency higher than 99.9%.
  • High efficiency through active recovery of the energy contained in the exhaust air, free-cooling and free-heating, exploitation of renewable energy.
  • Decentralised solution: no waste of energy of a centralised system, such as distribution losses and pipeline pumping power.
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