Baxi Ecogen is the first, commercially available micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) unit for the home.
â€œBaxi Ecogen heralds the most important step-change for the home heating industry since the condensing boilerâ€ says Mark Kelly, Baxi Groupâ€™s CEO. â€œThis is the first, wall-hung micro-CHP unit.
In addition to being available for private homes, it can be specified by local authorities, housing associations and private developers. It will help them meet Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes; tackle fuel poverty issues more effectively and significantly cut carbon emissions. Baxi Ecogen is a unique, world-class technology for the 21st century homeâ€.
- The applianceâ€™s Free Piston Stirling Engine (FPSE) generates up to 1kWh of electricity, whilst providing abundant supplies of space heating and hot water for the home.
- The unit responds to an initial heat demand up to 6kW by igniting the engine gas burner. The heat causes the gas inside the FPSE to expand, moving a piston up and down between a copper coil. As a result, electricity is generated in a similar way to an alternator in a car.
- If the heat demand moves above 6kW, Baxi Ecogenâ€™s supplementary burner fires up to offer an additional 18kW of heat. As the heat demand in the home falls, the applianceâ€™s controls can modulate operation down to 3kW, while still generating electricity to provide maximum energy efficiency.
- Extensive field trials in over 400 UK homes have shown that Baxi Ecogen units can reliably satisfy up to two thirds of a typical householdâ€™s electrical requirements.
For all electricity generated, the householder will receive 10pkWh, using the recently announced Government Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) scheme, effective from April 2010. Any unused electricity can be exported back to the grid for which the householder will receive a further 3pkWh.
Using its many yearsâ€™ experience as Europeâ€™s premier heating equipment manufacturer, Baxi Group has designed the appliance to be a similar size to a conventional wall-hung domestic boiler. The unit is suitable for use on open vented and sealed systems, making it ideal for straightforward specification and installation within a wide variety of new-build and replacement projects.
Dedicated intelligent Baxi controls can be incorporated into the system, to enhance comfort, increase energy efficiency even further and ensure the unit is suitable for a broad range of property types and sizes.
For further information visit the Baxi Ecogen website.
Tel: (0844) 871 1525