The Ice Stick
A UNIQUE HEAT PUMP -VOTED CLIMATE SOLVER PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
The Ice Stick is an air to water heat pump for space heating that has all the benefits of a geothermal heat pump without the need for major ground works. It is a hyrbid heat pump system that can be installed in a new build or retro fitted and connected to a existing radiator network or underfloor water heating system such as Optiheat. The key benefits are low energy costs, improved comfort and zero maintenance. By incorporating the Ice Stick Heat Pump into your property, it can help you greatly reduce your energy costs by up to 60% while improving the comfort levels of your building. There are over 100 Ice Stick Heat Pumps across Ireland over the last number of years leading to exceptional energy savings for both residential and commercial dwellings.
ONLY ONE MOVING PART AND 50 YEAR LIFE CYCLE
Few people understand the workings of a heat pump, but everyone understands that heating and cooling costs money. A heat pump helps mitigate those costs, and Octopus has managed to both simplify the heat pump system, and do away with the need to dig deep into the earth for system installation. The result is an elegant, efficient, and cost effective heat pump system.
HOW DOES THE HEAT PUMP WORK?
Octopus inventor Kurt Karlsson created the Ice-Stick Heat Pump, a novel implementation of the classic heat pump consisting of a statue-like set of outdoor aluminium pipes that look a lot like, well, an icicle. These outdoor Ice-Stick pipes condense water vapour from the air, causing the refrigerant inside them to warm and evaporate.
When the evaporated gas moves to Ice-Stick’s compressor (the system’s only moving part), pressurization raises the
temperature of the refrigerant further. The system’s pump sends this accumulated heat through the water system of a home or building. With the heat dispersed via a radiator (for example) and pressure lowered, the refrigerant is ready to travel back up to the evaporator to repeat the cycle.
A strong feature in the Octopus Ice-Stick heat pump is that the compressor is the system’s only moving part. This results in very limited need for maintenance and a life expectancy of the Ice-Stick outdoor unit that can be up to 50 years, with the pump lasting as long 25 years. Octopus also devised a hybrid Ice-Stick which uses both air and geothermal sources for heat to help keep the system working efficiently in extremely cold climates.
IRISH CLIMATE IS THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ICE-STICK
Generally, this unique Geothermal Heat Pump seasonal performance factor tends to vary between 2-5 depending on building conditions, humidity and outdoor temperature. However, the Ice Stick Air to Water Heat Pump has proven to be ideally suited to our Irish climate as the majority of the time, the weather is mainly cold, wet and windy which ensures regular cold airflow and moisture over the actual aluminium tubes. With average winter air temperatures often higher than can be extracted from the ground, and an average air temperature of 9 º C over the last 30 years, Air to Water Heat pumps can be up to 25% more efficient than ground source heat pump options. Unlike all other Air Source Heat Pumps, the Ice Stick is unique in that it does not require a fan to draw the air into it, and more importantly, it does not have to use energy to defrost itself –defrosting is done by nature which is absolutely free.
RDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT – ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
With 40% of the global CO2 emissions originating from buildings, solutions to radically reduce this impact are of great importance. The Ice-Stick can save 60-75% of the energy needed for heating buildings. It’s an inspiring application of a mature technology with a global potential yet to be realized. If one in five buildings in the targeted market installs a heat pump similar to the Ice-Stick the emissions of CO2 can be reduced by 29 million tonnes annually in 2020.
CONNECT TO EXISTING RADIATOR NETWORK AND SUITABLE FOR NEW BUILDS AND RETRO-FIT PROPERTIES
The Ice Stick Heat Pump is not only suited to new builds but also can be connected to an existing Boiler System, using underfloor water heating pipes/radiators or even a combination of both. Further savings can be made if the boiler is either replaced by or only used as a back-up to the Ice Stick Air to Water Heat Pump.
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