Agricultural engineering and heating contractor, Bavenhill Mechanics, has received a Green Gateway Award from Mitsubishi Electric for its work in applying heat pumps in farming.
The awards have been created by Mitsubishi Electric to recognise the important contribution of its partners in encouraging energy efficiency in the built environment.
Steve Fleming, general sales manager for Mitsubishi Electric, who presented the company with the award at Mitsubishi Electric’s Heating Partner Conference, held at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire, said:
“Bavenhill Mechanics has been instrumental in highlighting the substantial benefits that heat pumps can offer famers and demonstrated the true value of partnership between a supplier and its customer.”
The annual conference also gave the company the opportunity to introduce the new range of Ecodan models to its major customers.
“Bavenhill Mechanics thoroughly deserve this award because of the innovative way it has introduced heat pumps into a new sector which has had a phenomenal impact on carbon dioxide emissions and offers significant costs savings for the client.”
Bavenhill Mechanics also receive £1,000 from Mitsubishi Electric to donate to a charity of iits choice. Led by Chris Chapman, the family-run business based in Herefordshire has been working within the agricultural sector for over 60 years. The company is also an accredited Ecodan installer operating throughout the West Midlands and the Welsh border counties.
Chris and his team worked closely with the owners of Stone House poultry farm near Ledbury to demonstrate just how cost-effective heat pumps can be.
The installation of six Ecodan air source heat pumps into a new poultry shed on the farm is helping each batch of chickens reach maximum potential growth, saving the farmer thousands of pounds a crop and enabling the owner to claim regular quarterly payments under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.
Chris Chapman, managing director at Bavenhill, said:
“Using the heat pumps we were able to demonstrate that indirect heating is much more beneficial to livestock in general and enables them to put on the maximum weight gain over their development period.
“The birds are happier because there are no cold spots or draughts and the farmer is delighted because of the huge savings he’s making over the previous LPG heating.”