Water Supply Boreholes: An Outline For Development

Making use of groundwater to save your business money can seem like a daunting process. Here is a simple guide outlining the process from feasibility to installation – and how we can help you.

 
1) Firstly, determine how much water you will need to abstract. This needs to be an estimate of daily and hourly demand – as well as the peak (instantaneous) rate required for your process or business. The amount of water required will affect viability, borehole design and other areas such as licensing. (If you abstract more than 20m3/day you will need an Abstraction License from the Environment Agency). If you are unsure how much water you will need, we are more than happy to help with assessment.

 
2) Initial geological assessment; unlike many companies, as part of our initial contact we will provide a short geological assessment to determine viability of water supply – before you have to spend any money! If we think your site is a candidate for further assessment, we will say so. If it is not worth the outlay – we will tell you that as well.

 
3) The next step is a hydrogeological survey to determine the amount water that is likely to be available from a borehole at your location, the quality of water, potential treatments required for the purpose you require, budget costs and design of the borehole. Not all sites within the UK are able to support a private water supply – but we will maximise your chances to obtain one.

 
4) Once our hydrogeological assessment has been completed we will help to make the decision to proceed with construction. We will then assist in agreeing a contract with a suitably qualified and competent driller. We have longstanding relations with trustworthy drilling companies with the right expertise and plant for a particular project. We can also provide specifications and tender documents to obtain competitive quotes.

 
5) Once the borehole has been drilled we provide the work necessary to test your borehole to confirm sustainable flow rate and water quality. Furthermore, if you are to abstract more than 20m3/day we help with the application process to obtain an abstraction license. Carbon Zero Consulting will help you to meet all regulatory requirements for a private water supply.

 
A well-designed and installed private water supply borehole will meet your needs for many years to come. We provide monitoring and maintenance services for some boreholes that have operated for nearly 100 years! You will not only significantly reduce costs but also have greater security of supply compared to mains water.

 
If you have any questions, please call us on: 01572 729510 or email: john@carbonzeroco.com
Carbon Zero Consulting Ltd, www.carbonzeroco.com

Feasibility assessment of a large water-source heat pump for Nottinghamshire County Council

Carbon Zero Consulting completed the Stage 1 feasibility and options assessment for a potential renewable heating system to replace gas boilers at Nottingham County Hall on the river Trent.

An assessment of river flow and temperature confirms the Trent is certainly capable of providing sufficient water for an open-loop water source heat pump (WSHP) to replace the majority of heat currently provided by gas boilers.

Our detailed report on the viability of this system covered initial aspects of the existing heating and heat distribution system, water intake and discharge works in the river and regulatory issues.

Our findings were presented and well received by Councillors and the engineering team. We have now been asked to make proposals for the 2 Stage feasibility assessment.

Carbon Zero crown Torres Winery with prestigious international drinks award

Carbon Zero Consulting is delighted to announce that as sponsor of The Renewable Energy Implementation Award it has today crowned Bodegas Torres as a worthy winner of this newly created category of The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015 at The Ivy in London.

The Renewable Energy Implementation Award, sponsored by Carbon Zero Consulting, were seeking submissions from drinks companies who could firstly, demonstrate a strong reduction in carbon emissions and use of fossil fuels and secondly, show adoption of renewable technologies to provide alternative sources of heat, power and cooling.

John Findlay MSc CEng, Managing Director of Carbon Zero Consulting, who formed part of the independent panel of sustainability and drinks industry experts responsible for judging, was delighted by this year’s quality of entries. John was particularly impressed by the overall dedication Bodegas Torres showed to reducing their carbon emissions and adopting a number of different methods to achieve this.

John Findlay, Managing Director, Carbon Zero Consulting says, “We’re thrilled to have been involved with this year’s Drinks Business Green Awards and delighted to have our own category. The level of entries was high and overall it was pleasing to note that implementation of alternative sources of heat, cooling and power are being adopted by some companies in the drinks sector. However, we felt that Bodegas Torres is a particularly worthy winner due to the fact that they had not only witnessed a change in climate, but acted upon it in a very rounded way to install renewable heating and power systems across the business internationally. One point which deserves special mention, is their innovative approach of using vine clippings and waste to run a biomass boiler resulting in a 85% reduction in their gas consumption at Pacs de Penedes.

Mr Findlay continues, “With the evidence for climate change and its potentially devastating consequences continuing to build, there is a growing need to bring renewable technologies, such as Ground Source Heating and Cooling to the table and to recognise companies in the drinks industry that are already addressing these issues. We are delighted to have supported this cause and call for more companies to consider alternative forms of renewable energies to sustain their businesses in the long term.”

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015 is the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.

Carbon Zero Consulting was founded in 2007 by John Findlay and is an independent and specialist renewable energy and water management consultancy offering high quality professional services to a variety of businesses and industry sectors nationwide. The company’s new website, www.carbonzeroco.com, provides a valuable source of information relating to renewable energy solutions including ground source heating and cooling technologies for which Carbon Zero Consulting is a leading provider throughout the UK.

Please call on 0844 855 0115 or johnfindlay@carbonzeroco.com for a comprehensive discussion on how we may be able to meet your needs.

Carbon Zero sponsor prestigious International drinks award

Drinks Business 2015Carbon Zero Consulting is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring The Renewable Energy Implementation Award, a newly created category at The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015 taking place on 21st April at The Ivy in London. Furthermore, John Findlay MSc CEng, Managing Director of Carbon Zero Consulting, has agreed to form part of the independent panel of sustainability and drinks industry experts responsible for judging the prestigious awards.

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015 is the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance. This year, The Drinks Business Green Awards encourage companies to decrease their impact on the environment.

More specifically, The Renewable Energy Implementation Award, sponsored by Carbon Zero Consulting, will be looking for examples demonstrating a strong reduction in carbon emissions and use of fossil fuels and instead, adoption of renewable technologies to provide alternative sources of heat, power and cooling.

John Findlay, Managing Director, Carbon Zero Consulting says, “We’re thrilled to be involved with this year’s Drinks Business Green Awards and delighted to have our own category. With the evidence for climate change and its potentially devastating consequences continuing to build, there is a growing need to bring renewable technologies, such as Ground Source Heating and Cooling to the table and to recognise companies in the drinks industry that are already addressing these issues.

Mr Findlay continues, “We will be looking for a company able to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the implementation of viable alternative sources of power, heat and cooling. In short, the panel is looking for innovative implementation, potentially using combinations of technologies to reduce or completely remove the need for fossil fuel derived energy.”

As a Chartered Engineer, with more than 32 years of professional experience working with blue chip companies from oil exploration to manufacturing and food and drink companies, John has played a major role in the development of Ground Source Heating and Cooling (GSHC) technology with close involvement in many of the UK’s larger public and private sector schemes. With an exemplary track record, Mr Findlay is well respected in the sector and can often to be found presenting at technical seminars and conferences. He is also engaged with the development of new standards for GSHC systems as well as having been appointed as a technical advisor to OFGEM. Outside of daily business, John is an active council member of the GSHPA where he offers advice and guidance to members.  Whilst having a wealth of experience and offering his knowledge in an advisory capacity on various committees, John owns and manages a successful consultancy, Carbon Zero Consulting.

Carbon Zero Consulting was founded in 2007 by John and is an independent and specialist renewable energy and water management consultancy offering high quality professional services to a variety of businesses and industry sectors nationwide. The company’s new website, www.carbonzeroco.com, provides a valuable source of information relating to renewable energy solutions including ground source heating and cooling technologies for which Carbon Zero Consulting is a leading provider throughout the UK.

Please call on 0844 855 0115 or johnfindlay@carbonzeroco.com for a comprehensive discussion on how we may be able to meet your needs.

 

Boreholes on the BBC News?!

CLbhole-BoreholeBoreholes and groundwater have made the 10 o’clock news! Is that a first? The BGS was on prime time TV explaining how groundwater levels are, in the south, approaching all-time highs.

The seemingly endless run of gales and storms since December has resulted in records being broken for rainfall, river flow – and now groundwater level.

But – wasn’t it only recently that groundwater levels were heading for a record low? It was February 2012 when we were busy drilling emergency abstraction boreholes for fisheries and farmers to save them from drought!

There seems to be little doubt to us at Carbon Zero Consulting that deniers of Climate Change are rapidly running out of arguments to say that its just a bit of bad weather and that ‘its all happened before’

Time to remove your heads from under that pile of sand guys – the impacts of Climate Change are just starting to bite …..