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HPM October 2012

BOILERS:RENEWABLES WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Support and guidance key to success Peter Beighton, managing director of Trianco, offers his view on how he feels the heating market will evolve over the next few years... Ino different. A report published last month Trianco, for example, is planning to team up electric (when produced from green sources) -There are some environmental credentials tothermal, air and ground source and biomass overthe more traditional methods such as gas.Incentives to encourage engineers can help.although the minefield of qualifications and feescan be overwhelming.t’s no secret that the heating industry has beenunstable for the last couple of years and inkeeping with the economic downturn, 2012 is revealed that boiler sales for the first six months with training provider, Ecoskies, to offer electricity is clean and it can be a preferred up to June 2012 had hit thier lowest for more renewable courses free of charge to engineers choice when linking up with other renewable than a decade. who qualify and then install to encourage the technologies. The Green Deal and domestic Renewable Heat take up. Electric flow boilers are over 99% efficient, no Incentive (RHI) could have a significant impact As for more traditional fuels such as gas, oil, noxious gases are produced and there is no heat on the heating market’s current state and shift solid fuel and electric, there is speculation as to loss through the flue system. market share more in favour of renewable how the market will change. Electric may well be an enviable solution for heating technologies, such as biomass systems, One deciding factor as to how sales volumes the replacement market as gas diminishes. Other air to water heat pumps and solar thermal. of these fuels will be affected is the government’s advantages of electric boilers include a practical So will the Green Deal deliver to the masses? zero carbon homes target 2016. If met, all new and simple installation, they are inexpensive and As the Green Deal really kicks into play in builds will be zero carbon with heating silent in operation. Compared with gas, October when assessments begin to gain specifications being solely from a renewable electricity is a fuel that we have more control qualification, exhibitions taking place over the source, prompting a rise in the use of solar over and is more readily available. next few months will no doubt have seminars If biomass is given the RHI green light, then scheduled to accommodate the Green Deal and please let us learn from our experience of solar its mechanics - the necessary qualifications, PV and the abrupt drop in Feed-in Tariff issued specification examples for certification bodies, by the government. advice from participating deal providers - and that’s just for starters. FINANCIAL GAIN There is a real opportunity for biomass to CLEAR UNDERSTANDING flourish, but we need to ensure the incentive is What we really need for the Green Deal to be a geared to support the end user and not let it be success and carry qualifying products along with misused for financial gain of the installation it, is a firm and clear understanding from the companies which contributed towards the boom merchant down to the end user. and bust with solar PV. The end user needs a simple guide - what the The Green Deal and RHI could really pan out qualifying technologies are, what savings can be the future of the heating industry if the achieved (monetary and environmentally) and principles of the deals on offer are managed the repayment options, including interest rate correctly and the government gives long term confirmations and a step-by-step guide from support. arranging an assessment to the final install of Whether there is or isn’t going to be an RHI their chosen technology. Merchants, for domestic installs it would be best to be manufacturers and specifiers need to get on confirmed as soon as possible to avoid the board and work closely to ensure this occurs. uncertainty that currently hangs over the Only then can renewable heating products industry. really excel in the marketplace and become the We are in a sector which can seriously affect future of the heating market. the upturn in our economy with these incentives, What will add to the Green Deal’s success is a but clear support and guidance is, key to our healthy database of approved engineers, however, industry’s renewable technology success. there is still concern from training providers that not enough engineers are entering their facilities to take up courses on renewable technologies. Just over 4,900 Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited engineers operate around the UK currently, with just 259 accredited for biomass (one of the fastest growing renewable technologies and the number one choice for commercial premises as reported by OFGEM recently). Engineers thinking about adding to their Greenflame Biomass 15kW wood boilers offer credentials need to act fast, move with the carbon neutral heating and domestic hot water with industry and not shy away from the unknown, efficiencies in excess of 90% enquiry number 151 70 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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