Large commercial and industrial spaces are embracing a new era in heating. While traditional gas or oil-fired systems have been the norm, a significant shift is underway. The focus is now on decarbonisation, with a surge in interest for renewable energy sources and energy-efficient solutions. This transformation is paving the way for exciting advancements in industrial heating.

Heat Pumps Take Centre Stage

Heat pumps are rapidly becoming the frontrunners for industrial heating. Government funding is accelerating research into high-performance, cold-climate models, making them a viable option across a wider range of regions (UKRI Eleven projects launched to decarbonise heating and cooling). Heat pumps operate by extracting heat from outside to inside, offering a sustainable and efficient heating solution.

The Power of Renewables

The future of industrial heating is even brighter when we integrate renewable energy sources like solar thermal or geothermal power alongside heat pumps. This combined approach can significantly decarbonise industrial heating applications (MDPI Renewable Power and Heat for the Decarbonisation of Energy-Intensive Industries).

Modern, Efficient Heat Emitters

While heat pumps are a game-changer, they don’t directly emit heat. This is where modern, energy-efficient emitters come into play. Here’s how these systems excel:

Radiant Panels

These panels use a principle similar to the sun’s warmth. iTwenty Eight Industrial Radiant Panels operate by hot water circulation. The heated panels then radiate heat directly to objects and people within their reach. This targeted approach minimises energy waste by not heating the entire air volume of a large space. Radiant panels are ideal for large-scale heating applications or task-specific zones, like keeping workers warm in specific areas of a warehouse.

Unit Heaters

These units are perfect for efficiently heating large, open spaces. Our CiRRUS Unit Heaters use hot water to heat air, which is then forced downwards by a fan. Unit heaters are strategically placed to deliver targeted warmth to specific zones within a large industrial building. This allows for efficient heating without wasting energy on areas that don’t require it.

Air Curtains

These aren’t technically heaters, but they play a crucial role in maintaining energy efficiency in industrial settings. iForce Industrial Air Curtains create an invisible barrier of air at doorways or openings. This directed airflow helps prevent warm or cool air from escaping the building, reducing the workload on the heating or cooling system. Additionally, air curtains can help keep out dust, insects, and other airborne contaminants.

The Hybrid Advantage

The future of industrial heating might involve a powerful combination: heat pumps working alongside efficient emitters. Imagine a scenario where a heat pump handles the heating needs, with radiant panels or unit heaters supplementing specific areas or kicking in during peak demand times. Air curtains at entryways can further enhance efficiency by minimising heat loss. This hybrid approach maximises efficiency and leverages the strengths of each technology.

Ready to make a change?

The future of industrial heating is bright, efficient, and sustainable. Heat pumps combined with modern emitters like radiant panels, unit heaters, and air curtains offer a compelling path towards decarbonisation. This creates exciting opportunities for these systems to play a vital role in a sustainable future for large commercial and industrial spaces.

At SPC, we offer a range of low-carbon, low-water temperature industrial heating products that can help you reduce your environmental impact and enjoy cost savings.

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