The High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Centre at WMG supported Arriba Technologies Ltd, an SME with experience in battery energy storage and microgrid systems, to develop a solar-powered heat pump product for large buildings including hospitals, factories, schools and supermarkets reliant on natural gas.
Early readings from the heat-pump’s first large-scale installation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge suggest energy efficiency savings of up to 80%. The long term benefits of this work will mean significant cost reduction for public sector buildings such as schools and NHS hospitals. These activities made use of the state-of-the-art energy research equipment, including high performance power analysers and oscilloscopes, at WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre.
Arriba Technologies was able to be the first to market with this product and seek to develop a British manufacturing base for this type of technology. By targeting a vast range of industrial applications such as hospitals, supermarkets and food manufacturing facilities, requiring considerable heating and refrigeration/chilling, the company aims to grow to become a £50 million a year enterprise. With a planned UK facility, commercial scaling is in progress and attracting interest from significant public sector organisations including the Department for Health.