Testimonials

House in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

House in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

In recent years Ken and Caroline Hallewell had found their heating costs had been getting out of hand. They were determined to find a solution. They had researched the Ice-Stick and liked the results that they saw.
So, in May 2012 Redwing installed an Ice Stick onto their existing system.

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House on Thornback Rd, Kilkenny

House on Thornback Rd, Kilkenny

Denis and Stella Coughlan wanted to tackle their rising oil bills, and improve the comfort levels of their home. In 2010 they used €3500 worth of oil. They had their heating on timer and switched off radiators in a couple of rooms. In December 2011 they installed an Ice-Stick onto the existing system with very satisfactory results. They have constant comfort throughout the house as well as significant cost reductions.

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Home in Newcastle, Co.Wicklow, Ireland

Home in Newcastle, Co.Wicklow, Ireland

Denis Doyle was about to install an oil burner in his new house when his architect recommended he has a look at the Ice-Stick. He went with our system and one year on his son is installing the same system in his new house. Denis is "delighted" with the system and it’s performance.

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Home in Drummin,Delgany, Co.Wicklow, Ireland

Home in Drummin,Delgany, Co.Wicklow, Ireland

Adrian Doyle decided on the Red Wing system following the success of his fathers installation. OptiHeat underfloor heating was installed on both floors covered by our special screed. A IS48 Ice-Stick Hybrid was installed combined with a 60m ground loop which boosts the output especially in that freezing winter when the air temperature was below –10 degrees. Adrian maintains the house at 18 degrees.

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Accountants Office, Enfield, Co. Meath, Ireland

Accountants Office, Enfield, Co. Meath, Ireland

Jim O’Connell, Managing Director of the Danu Group, is only too aware of overheads. Having spent over €6000 on oil in 2008 he was determined to do something about it. Red Wing installed an Ice-Stick onto his existing system with fantastic results.

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Home in Ashford,Co.Wicklow Ireland

Home in Ashford,Co.Wicklow Ireland

John & Therese Lankester met RedWing at a energy show. John had looked at many technologies to maintain a comfortable, economic temperature with his radiator system. He decided on the Ice-Stick because it could easily be retro-fitted to his existing system. One year later, and the coldest winter in 40 years, the retired couple are delighted with the results.

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Esker Lodge Nursing Home, Cavan

Esker Lodge Nursing Home, Cavan

Esker Lodge is leading the standards in nursing home care in Ireland. They recently completed a 15000 sqft extension with underfloor heating. The consultant engineer specified the “Ice-Stick” as constant temperature and low energy costs were required.

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Kerry County Council, Tralee

Kerry County Council, Tralee

Kerry County Council chose the Octopus Ice-Stick and Hotfoot EuroSaver for the heating and hot water requirements in a new office building.

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Private House, Ballyla, Co.Wexford

Private House, Ballyla, Co.Wexford

Red Wing has recently completed this unique architect designed house. Our products were chosen because of their simplicity, efficiency and design.

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Innovation

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 system called the Ice-Stick.

Octopus inventor Kurt Karlsson created the Ice-Stick, 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 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 50 years, with the pump lasting as long 25 years. Octopus also devised a hybrid Ice-Stick that uses both air and geothermal sources for heat to help keep the system working efficiently in very cold climates.

Climate Benefits

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.

Octopus Ice-Stick wins the 2010 WWF Climate Solver Product of the Year