UK heating manufacturer Baxi is proud to announce that it has received the Queen’s Award forEnterprise in Innovation. The prestigious accolade, bestowed during Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, is for the Baxi Ecogen micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) boiler, which is designed, developed and manufactured at Baxi’s Club Street facilities, in Bamber Bridge, near Preston in Lancashire.
Managing Director of Baxi’s UK Residential Boiler Division, Andrew Keating, said: “We are really proud of this fantastic achievement. It is testament to the commitment and hard work of the teams in Preston who have brought Baxi Ecogen, the first domestic appliance of its kind, to the UK marketplace, and made our facility a centre of excellence for this important new technology.”
Using a Free Piston Stirling Engine, Baxi Ecogen is a like for like replacement for a conventional boiler which generates up to 1kW electricity that can be used in the home or exported back to the electricity grid. It is MCS certified so is eligible for the Government’s Feed-in Tariff, making it a cost effective alternative as well as energy efficient.
Baxi was established by Richard Baxendale in 1866, not far from the company’s present manufacturing premises, and is proud of its long UK heritage. Baxi has always been at the forefront of innovation. In 1966, it launched the Baxi Bermuda back boiler unit, which revolutionised home heating. More recently, in 2011, Baxi was the first boiler manufacturer to include a combustion management system in its boilers as standard, providing exceptional energy efficiency and cost savings for householders compared to standard boilers.