Ecovision are pleased to announce that we have recently been chosen as a finalist for the edie Environment & Energy Awards 2016!

Now in their 17th year, the edie Environment & Energy Awards recognise and celebrate advancements in green technologies; excellence in onsite energy, water and resource management and the people and consultants who are driving forward change in organisational sustainability. The awards ran alongside edie Live 2016 at the NEC- a two-day programme of energy, sustainability and resource efficiency insight, inspiration and expertise to individuals looking for ways to make their business more sustainable.

The awards ceremony was held at the National Motorcycle Museum, hosting an array of large organisations and energy professionals who came together to celebrate this special event. The short selection of finalists were entertained by host comedian Andrew Ryan this year, who presented the awards to the 13 lucky finalists of the evening. Notable companies included Dutch brewer Heineken UK, which took home the Environment Product Innovation Award; fashion retailer Primark, which earned the Environmental Initiative accolade; and commercial laundry cleaning firm Xeros, which scooped the gong for Onsite Water Efficiency. Other winners included B&Q, EDF Energy and Heathrow Airport.

Opening the ceremony, edie editor Luke Nicholls said: “Tonight, we are here to reward excellence in on-site energy, water and waste management. But these Awards are also about so much more than that”

The E&E Awards are about recognising the success of the green economy, and celebrating all of you in this room who are really setting the standard when it comes to doing business better…finalists have shifted from talking about sustainability and energy efficiency, to delivering it – at scale and at pace. The overall quality of entries up for consideration this year was truly remarkable.”

The ‘Onsite Energy Generation’ award, for which Ecovision was nominated, recognises technological innovation in a product or service delivering onsite energy generation solutions to the non-domestic market. Other finalists in the category included, The National Trust, Arbor Heat and Power and Wood Energy Solutions.

The nomination recognised the Ecovision installation of a revolutionary 2MW Ground Source heat pump, which now provides heat to a 16 acre glasshouse greenhouse, growing plants for the horticulture sector via 59 miles of collector pipes. The Grower’s carbon footprint will be reduced by an estimated 858 tonnes annually – equivalent to a commercial passenger plane flying around the world approximately 186 times.  The innovative aspect of this installation came from the fact that the 2MW Ground Source at this site is the first heat pump of this scale in the UK. Prior to this heat pumps of this size would not have been considered, particularly when installed with horizontal collectors.

Interest in the application of heat pumps has always been strong due to the associated low operational requirements, however their function has been previously restricted in large scale and therefore uncertainty existed as to where the technology would be successful or was suitable. The 2MW installation at this site shows how broad the reach of Ground Source Heat Pumps can be, and its appeal is no longer restricted by the perception of scale limitations, removing the uncertainty about the capabilities of a heat pump in large-scale non-domestic.

Ecovision would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in undertaking a successful and innovative installation. We would also like to thank edie for a brilliant evening, and look forward to returning next year.