New Zero-Carbon Service Station

July 2023: CFG collaborating on Zero-Carbon design of Stannington Services, A1

Sustainable Energy Solutions

June 2023: CFG is proud to work on Neven Sidor’s RIBA award winning ‘Ponds Rough’

New Team Member

May 2023: We're excited to welcome Prue to the team to manage business operations

R&D Grant Received

Dec 2022: CFG awarded LoCase grant to develop decarbonisation platform

Smart Microgrid Audit

Dec 2022: CFG delivers asset audit for BRE smart microgrid project with Power Transition

Energy & Ecology Innovation

Dec 2022: CFG engaged to help plan Paragraph 80 projects in Northamptonshire and Suffolk

Solar Upgrade

Oct 2022: Bay Trust commissions CFG to implement solar upgrade to Pines Calyx

Carbon Capture R&D

Oct 2022: CFG undertakes R&D into a unique continuous-batch biochar kiln

CFG Against Greenwashing

Sep 2022: CFG Receives Anti Greenwash Chartership

RTAP International Launch

Aug 2022: RTAP is helping Canadian farm undertake greenhouse regeneration

Skilgate: From Good to Great

July 2022: Strategy delivered to empower a low emission farm to achieve net zero

"Probably the world's most carbon efficient fire station"

This ambitious project is probably the world's most carbon efficient fire station. With 24kW of thermally biased PV-T (Photovoltaic-Thermal) panels, deployed and tied into 16 x 90 metre boreholes and 2 x 25kW heat pumps, this project takes the concept of the solar ground charging to a whole new level.

The array of boreholes has been designed to dump up to 100kW of thermal energy from the PV-T panels, meaning that when the building is up to temperature the PV-T can be sufficiently cooled to maximise on the electrical generation. All of the thermal energy being fed into the ground ensures that winter time operation of the heat pumps is at the highest possible COP.

The fire station also boasts a green roof, which provides an element of insulation but also helps with water attenuation in the urban environment that the building is located.

The build is cooled using a chilled beam cooling system, excess heat extracted from the building is then dumped into the ground array, meaning there is no air-conditioning requirement through the building.

Successful design and delivery of the project was achieved through various members of the Carbon Free Group in partnership with URL (Formally Scott Wilson).