New CHP Boiler tackles Global Warming

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A new energy efficient boiler is being introduced to the UK domestic heating market. This type of boiler, called a Combined Heat and Power (or CHP) boiler, utilises the latest technology in order to address increasing concerns regarding the Environment.

CHP boilers bring numerous benefits to the consumer through financial and environmental savings, it'll also interesting to see if other manufacturers follow the lead of Baxi and Worcester.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, which have already been used commercially, are new to the domestic energy market, and are defined as a system that can generate both heating and power at the same time. The domestic CHP boiler provides a central heating and hot water system, like a traditional Combi boiler, but also producing electricity simultaneously. It is therefore regarded as a renewable energy source.

Because the energy produced by the boiler is used twice, once for heating the home and its water supply, and once for generating electricity, there are less carbon emissions overall, and the total energy cost per home is reduced. Apart from reduced carbon emissions, fossil fuels are utilised more efficiently, therefore extracting an increased amount of energy from the same fuel source. Also, CHP gas boilers are usually installed on site, so the loss of electricity during transportation to the customer is reduced. This means that there are multiple benefits to the Environment.

Consumers save on costs, not only through their electricity bills, but also because they may be able to sell unused electricity back to the local grid as part of the proposed Government Clean Energy Cash Back Scheme.

Baxi boilers already have a CHP boiler on the market, called the Baxi Ecogen, which generates both a domestic heating and electricity supply. It is similar in appearance to a conventional wall hung unit, and has low noise levels. Baxi boilers have received an award for the Baxi Ecogen, from the Micropower Council, in recognition of its energy efficiency.

As well as the model currently available from Baxi boilers, there is a Worcester Bosch boiler being developed, which is expected to be on sale in 2011. The Worcester Bosch boiler has a free piston Sterling engine, and does not require any maintenance during the life of the unit. The heat released from the unit during the production of electricity is utilised for heating the home including the water supply, making it environmentally friendly.

David Holmes from Gas Boiler Guide comments, "CHP boilers bring numerous benefits to the consumer through financial and environmental savings, it'll also interesting to see if other manufacturers follow the lead of Baxi and Worcester."

The development of CHP boilers represents a significant boost to the Government's plans for tackling climate change as well as a chance for consumers to save on household bills.

For more information about gas boilers, including the new CHP boiler, visit: http://www.gasboilerguide.co.uk.

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