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Kensa Group to build new factory & create new jobs
British ground source heat pump manufacturer, Kensa Heat Pumps, has commenced construction of a new 900m2 manufacturing and office facility on its current site in Cornwall. Coinciding with its 20th year anniversary, the new premises will see Kensa produce 30,000 ground source heat pumps every year, providing carbon savings equivalent to taking 60,000 cars off the road.
The privately-funded expansion will make Kensa the largest low carbon business in Cornwall, providing at capacity 150 jobs. With an existing market share of near 50%, Kensa forecasts annual growth of around 50% as Government introduces regulations to outlaw the use of high carbon fossil fuels, particularly in new build housing in just six years time; ground source heat pumps offer lower-cost heat than mains gas, and are the lowest carbon heating technology.
James Standley, Managing Director of Kensa Heat Pumps, said: “Kensa’s new manufacturing facility provides us with the capability to build on what we started here in Cornwall 20 years ago, and make a huge impact on the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. Whilst we are the UK’s number one ground source heat pump supplier for the seventh consecutive year, we remain proudly Cornish, with a strong local workforce and infrastructure. As pioneers for renewables back in 1999, it is testament to the Kensa Group’s quality, service, and expertise, that we will now be the largest, privately funded, renewable business in the County.”
Like Kensa’s current factory, the new premises will have underfloor heating and hot water fed by a ground source heat pump harnessing heat from water from flooded former mine workings below.
Simon Lomax, CEO of the Kensa Group, added:“Kensa has emerged as the county’s largest employer in the low carbon heat sector and the new facility will provide our committed workforce with an exceptional workspace. Kensa is the long-established UK market leader and we expect to grow at a rapid rate in the years ahead as the appeal of ground source heat pumps become apparent to all.”
Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, concluded: “It has been a pleasure to watch Kensa grow over the past decade. I am delighted that they continue to create well-paid jobs in Cornwall. Ground source heat pumps will play an increasingly significant role in meeting the Government’s 2030 net zero carbon target.”
Kensa’s new heat pump facilities are due for completion in January 2020.