1 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Leisure Centre on the Clones Road (owned jointly by Monaghan Town & County Councils and operated by Coral Leisure) has taken a major step towards the elimination of the requirement for fossil fuels – with the installation of a new Danfoss Geothermal heatpump system. The heat pumps are currently heating the Swimming pool, baby pool, Jacuzzi, hot water cylinders, changing rooms and entrance foyer underfloor heating. Since installation –energy running costs are down approximately 50%, with further savings to be made due to increases in LPG and oil prices.
 Running on Electricity – these systems extract energy from the ground, and boost it in such a way that the heat pumps can efficiently heat pools, showers and most other areas within the leisure centre. A number of boreholes were drilled 300 feet into the ground around the centre to facilitate the heat extraction from the ground.
 The Dundalk based firm Heat Pumps Ireland specified and managed the installation – which was carried out in December of last year (2011). The project was co-ordinated by the County Council who received generous grant assistance from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport (DTTaS) with Helen Casey of HTC Consulting being engaged to supervise the project along with a number of other energy saving and accessibility measures at the centre.
 This is one of the first geothermal heated leisure centres in Ireland. Danfoss, who manufacture the heat pumps in Sweden, have installed thousands of heat pump systems in hotels and leisure centres all over Europe and are pioneers in this Technology.

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