BetaTalk is the recent winner of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2020 communication category “which recognises an organisation who has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables or clean technology with key opinion formers: parliament, government or the public”Nathan Gambling known as BetaTeach on Twitter discusses energy and the transition to low carbon technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps with some of the best renewable engineers. He is uniquely known in the industry for spotting the exceptionally high talented heating engineers who are out at the coal face doing their bit to decarbonise our homes and buildings.
The Heat in Buildings Strategy - A Chat with Mathew Aylott from BEIS
The long awaited strategy was out this week and Nathan had the chance to chat with Matthew who heads up the electrification team.
BEIS have worked hard to pull this strategy together which is bound to please some and perplex others.
The boiler upgrade scheme is hot topic and "heat pumps" trended the day of the announcement.
Take a listen on the BetaTalk Podcast
Frustration With The Boiler Industry
We chat with Kim from the Heat Academy. Kim was asked to help train the supervisors of a large plumbing and heating company who install the heating on large developments (New Builds). He was shocked that in this case it seemed the boiler manufacturer had designers specifying heating systems that will not work very well with modern boilers.
Heating system design is critical in this energy transition...does it help if the manufacturers are not fully understanding heating design themselves?
Can ALL Homes Be Heated With Heat Pumps - Theoretically YES
You just have Nathan on this episode who wanted to help explain further what is going on with heat in a home e.g. how does heat move, how is heat measured, what is the relationship between energy (joules) and power (Watts)
Sit back and enjoy. Please, please share this episode with others as it will help.
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Big Heat Pumps - Talking to Dave Pearson from Star Renewable Energy
Big heat pumps powering district heat networks is the topic of conversation. Nathan chats with a well known figure from the vapour compression industry Dave Pearson, the Group Sustainable Development Director from Star Renewable Energy.
Star Renewable Energy, based in Glasgow, Scotland is responsible for the world’s largest 90°C natural heat pump for district heating based in Drammen, Norway.
Star uses ammonia, a naturally occurring refrigerant with zero ozone depletion potential for their heat pumps. They have just built the water source heat pump for the Clyde Bank district heating system run by West Dunbartonshire Council.
As well as chatting big heat pumps Nathan speaks to Dave about his business model idea for decarbonising domestic heat.
At the end of this episode Nathan speaks with Jayesh about transitioning to heat pumps for the Optimized Retrofit Bulletin
What is a Hydrogen and Hydrogen Ready Boiler?
In this very honest episode Nathan chat's to Martyn Bridges from Worcester Bosch about 100% hydrogen boilers and hydrogen ready boilers, also known as H2 ready boilers.
Worcester Bosch are a very well known boiler brand here in the UK who are also involved with renewable technology such as solar thermal, air to air heat pumps, air to water heat pumps and ground source heat pumps.
There is a lot of confusion around hydrogen and the decarbonisation of heat and hopefully this episode is able to answer some questions.
Nathan also discusses the new online benchmark system which has recently been introduced along with the topics of BS7593 and VDI2035 which are standards around corrosion in heating systems.
The new heat pump courses from the heat pump association and the new low temperature heating course from the CIPHE are also on the agenda
Nathan would like to say a personal thank you to Martyn for the kind words he wrote in a about his grandfather in a private message last year. Nathan misses his grandfather lots as he passed away just before the world started talking about the heating industry. Martyn knew Van very well and, like Nathan, knows how much of an asset his knowledge would have been in the discussions we all now find ourselves in regarding the decarbonisation of heating.
What is the Best Boiler - if you can not have a heat pump yet?
What is the best boiler features on some consumer sites. Unfortunately, these consumer sites have very little knowledge around boilers so it is best to take their advice with a pinch of salt .
In this episode Nathan chats to Si Posket who is going to be doing a lot more heat pump work with his friend Craig from https://cbrookesheating.co.uk/
We also chat to Damon from https://blakemoreplumbingandheating.co.uk/
who has really impressed Nathan with his commitment to the industry and to learning.
REMEMBER: a boiler or a heat pump is part of a heating system. It is the system which needs to be efficient. ALL boilers (which nowadays are condensing boilers) are designed for low temperature heating systems just like heat pumps are designed for low temp heating systems.