Lake District conference venue plans to run on water

A Lake District hotel and conference venue is to introduce a new technology designed to make use of natural energy stored in England’s largest lake.
 
The owners of the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina have commissioned a water source heat pump (WSHP) system to convert latent heat contained in Windermere to provide heating and hot water for the hotel and its 111 bedrooms. Management hope the new pump will generate three million kilowatts of power a year.
 
When installed, it will be the largest system of its kind to be used by a private business in the UK.
 
Latent heat energy from Windermere will be used to power a new £4m glass fronted convention and exhibition centre planned on the existing hotel site, as well as a new watersports complex. The new conference centre design is for 600 delegates and will create 35 jobs when built.
 
Tim Berry, Estates Director and co-owner of the family-run business English Lakes Hotels, says: “In an age where businesses are concerned about their carbon footprint, clients can hold their conferences here knowing they will have significantly less impact on the environment.
 
“This system will give us ownership of 60 per cent of our energy needs and make us less susceptible to fluctuations in gas and electricity prices.”
 
The hotel has commissioned renewable energy and eco-building specialists Ground Sun to develop the system. Ground Sun is seeking approval from the Environment Agency to draw water from Windermere and pass it through a heat exchanger on the shore side before returning the water to the lake.
 
Ground Sun’s Chief Engineer Brian Connell adds: “Low Wood Bay Resort would become the UK’s first green, sustainable, low carbon holiday and conference destination.” He notes similar systems are in place in Europe and North America, but the technology is rare in the UK.
 
A detailed planning application for the project is expected to be submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority.
 
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