Ipswich: St Pancras International heating contract for Green Energy (EU)

A SUFFOLK company spearheading growth in the market for infrared heating is celebrating a contract win which will showcase its products to an international audience.

Green Energy (EU), which is based at Wherstead, near Ipswich, has completed an installation of its market-leading Redwelli infrared heaters at St Pancras International, the London terminal for Eurostar services to and from Paris and Brussels.

The stations e-ticket and disabled seating area opens directly on to the street, so that it can become very cold in the winter months – a common problem for shops and other customer-facing businesses which need to provide easy access.

Traditional “curtain” heaters, which deliver a downward blast of warm air across the opening, only heat the area directly below and typically use three kilowatts (KW)of energy per heater.

The operators of St Pancras International wanted more efficient alternative, and opted for a series of ceiling-mounted Redwell roundwave heaters, which use infrared technology to heat ceilings, walls and furnishings rather than the surrounding air.

The installation heats a 670 sq ft area using just 5.4KW of energy, compared with the 12KW which would have been required to power four curtain heaters to warm the same area.

Mike Howard, director of Green Energy (EU) said: “Eurostar contacted us as they needed a solution and we sent a team of our engineers down to survey their building.

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“Infra red seemed an obvious option and they were happy with the costs and the short installation time.

“We’re delighted to be working with such a prestigious name and having the opportunity to showcase infrared technology.”

Besides achieving an energy saving, the new heaters have no moving parts and are virtually maintenance-free.