Kensa Shoebox takes root at the Science Museum 

Kensa Shoebox takes root at the Science Museum 

Kensa’s Shoebox Heat Pump has been added to the Science Museum Group collection. The company behind it says the ‘little white box’ is responsible for around a third of all UK ground source heat pump installations, and is the first and only ground source heat pump to be included in the collection. 

First launched in 2012, Shoebox heat pumps currently deliver green heat to thousands of homes. 

The British manufacturer has recently launched its successor, the Shoebox NX. 

Tamsin Lishman, Kensa Heat Pumps CEO, said: “Street by street, Kensa is cleaning up heating across the UK, bringing Ground Source Heat Pumps to flats, terraced streets, tower blocks, period properties and other supposedly hard-to-decarbonise homes and buildings, taking people out of fuel poverty, and making homes warm and comfortable through renewable technology. 

“From heating tower blocks to terraces and new builds, the Shoebox is responsible for so much. Seeing our ‘little white box’ featured in this exhibition and immortalised in the Science Museum collection as a green heating pioneer is a remarkable achievement, but one this incredible product fully deserves. 

“The Shoebox set the course for Networked Ground Source Heat Pumps, and through the game-changing Shoebox NX we will build on this legacy and supercharge the switch to ground source heat pumps, delivering highly efficient, affordable green heating and cooling right across the UK.”  

Speaking about the Science Museum’s Adani Green Energy Gallery, its Lead Curator, Oliver Carpenter, said: 

“This gallery shares contemporary stories of individuals, organisations and communities all imagining the future of low carbon energy, but it also spotlights some of the earliest ideas and technologies created by the imaginations of previous generations. By taking a long view of the energy revolution and showcasing impressive technologies of the past, alongside today’s low carbon options, we hope to inspire visitors to imagine a low carbon energy future.” 

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