CHPA Heat Conference 2012


CHPA Bringing Energy Together


Recently, Simon Osborne, Head of Product Management, spoke at the Combined Heat and Power Association Heat Conference, held in association with the Energy Institute.  The event was well attended and had a clear focus on heat strategy.

Simon spoke about the use of micro-CHP to supply domestic heat, while Martin Ashcroft of Tata Chemicals Europe spoke about industrial heat and Paul Denniff of Scotia Gas talked about the gas supply in the UK and the improvements that could be made, such as injecting biogas from industrial sized anaerobic digester systems.

Keynote speakers were Rt. Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and The Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Ed Davey said: “From businesses to industry, householders to communities, we all have a role to play in changing the way we generate and use heat. We need to find low carbon alternatives and our heat strategy published in March set out a pathway for moving ahead. We are working closely with industry and trade bodies like the CHPA and this event provides an excellent forum for sharing ideas and views on progress being made, such as support for heat networks in cities. I look forward to setting out our proposals next year.”

The conclusion was that ‘doing nothing’ is a conscious decision, and is not an acceptable one.  In order for the UK to meets carbon reduction targets there is not just one silver bullet, but is a question of engaging and educating everyone, including consumers and installers.  The present UK gas grid is one of the best in the world, and able to cope even during the freak winters we have every few years.  It is questionable whether the electricity grid, in its current state, will be able to cope in the future when demand is greatest.

Micro-CHP clearly has a big part to play in reducing carbon emissions and assisting the electricity grid at times of peak demand.

Baxi presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

Andrew Keating receives the Queen’s Award from The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, watched by Chris Tyrer (right)

Baxi’s UK boiler manufacturing site in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, Lancashire, was the scene of celebration when the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, presented the company with the prestigious Queen’s Award.

Baxi played host to the Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth, the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, guests and employees at the ceremony to recognise the innovation of Baxi Ecogen, the first commercially available wall hung micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) dual energy system.

In his welcoming address, Andrew Keating, Managing Director Baxi Residential Boilers Division, Baxi Heating UK, explained that as soon as they heard the company had received the award, plans were put in motion to hold the ceremony at the Preston site.

“Richard Baxendale established the business close to this site in 1866 and nearly 150 years later we are still going strong,” he said.  “We were at the forefront of the heating industry at the very beginning and we still are as we enter the next phase of lower carbon and energy home heating solutions.”

Following a tour of the micro-CHP manufacturing facilities and the research and development department where it was conceived and developed, Lord Shuttleworth expressed his pleasure at being able to present the award.  Addressing the audience of employees who had all played a part in the success of Baxi Ecogen, he said: “It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, I am presenting this award.

“It is one of only 50 in the Innovation category that have been awarded this year.  The award is not given lightly.  Only the highest level of innovation is recognised and it is clear that you have all achieved this.”  Lord Shuttleworth also stressed that the award is presented to the business rather than to an individual, and he congratulated everyone for playing their part in its success.

Chris Tyrer, Manufacturing Director at the site, thanked Lord Shuttleworth.  “He responded, addressing the assembled workforce: “The presentation of the Queen’s Award is testament to the determination and dedication of everyone who has been involved with the Baxi Ecogen project, from its conception in 2006,and development right through to its production and subsequent industry leading position in the marketplace.”

CHP stands for ‘combined heat and power’. This means the Baxi Ecogen is a dual energy system, so at the same time as providing efficient gas central heating and hot water like any other boiler, it also generates up to 1kWh of low cost, low carbon electricity using a Free Piston Stirling Engine.

It is the first micro-CHP product to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification, meaning it is also eligible for the Government’s Feed-in Tariff – providing financial assistance to lower fuel bills even further.

Baxi proud to receive Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2012

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.

RHPP and RHI must work together

Biomass boiler wood pellets

Biomass boiler wood pellets

An extension of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) has been announced by DECC as part of its broader plans to support low carbon heating. At the same time, the implementation of a domestic version of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been pushed in to 2013.

Simon Osborne, spokesperson for Baxi, outlined the company’s position on the news: “RHPP has always been seen as a precursor to domestic RHI, so as the Government pushes back the latter, we are glad that a new RHPP will bridge the gap. Ideally both schemes need to work together in order to encourage individual installers, as well as homeowners, to start thinking about renewables. RHPP will definitely support early adopters, but might have a limited scope if accompanying tariff payments are not announced soon. If installers are going to invest in training on renewables, then they need to know what the potential market is going to be – and this will be determined, to a large extent, by domestic RHI.

“Customers in off-gas areas definitely have the most to gain under RHPP and we are pleased to see continued support for biomass and heat pumps. By introducing new elements that will cover larger projects, in social housing for example, there is a massive opportunity to impact fuel switching and alleviate fuel poverty.”

The outline from the Government states a headline figure of £25m for the new RHPP scheme, with £8m and £10m allocated to social housing and community groups respectively.

Baxi Know How at Ecobuild

It’s the first day of Ecobuild 2012 at ExCel exhibition centre in London.  The doors are open and people are starting to flood in.  We are expecting the next three days to be very busy! 

The Baxi stand looks pretty impressive, if we do say so ourselves!  We have a 3D theatre showing presentations about getting the best SAP benefits for newbuild specifiers, ways to comply with Decent Homes and, for installers, the benefits of the new range of GA boilers and GasSaver technology.

We are showcasing our new range of Solargen PV and the enhanced Baxi solarflo solar thermal.  There are live demonstrations of Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP and Bioflo biomass on the Practical Installer stand. 

From our view point on our top tier, we can see a plethora of equally enthusiastic businesses – all passionate about helping people to reduce carbon emissions, lower their energy bills and be kinder to the environment all round.

We have created the Baxi Know How newspaper, especioally for Ecobuild.  You can download it here.


Ecobuild is this week!

Ecobuild is this week, at the ExCel exhibition centre in London, 20 – 22 March.  The Baxi stand is located at N2360 and there will also be live demonstrations of Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP and Baxi Bioflo biomass in the Practical Installer demonstration area N2440.

Come along and see our unique 3D presentations every day:

  • 11.00am  New Build SAP clinic                                       
  • 12.00pm  Social Housing Decent Homes clinic           
  •   1.00pm  Installer GA range benefits clinic                  
  •   2.00pm  New Build SAP clinic                                          
  •   3.00pm  Social Housing Decent Homes clinic            

Register for your free tickets to Ecobuild 2012 here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Baxi welcomes DECC confirmation on Feed-in Tariff Phase 2 deadline

Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP eligible for the Feed-in Tariff

Baxi has welcomed the news that the Department of Energy and Climate Change will publish its Phase 2 consultation on Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) on February 9th 2012.

On 26th January 2012, Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon. Chris Huhne, MP, issued a written Ministerial Statement which stated:
“We want as far as possible to minimise the uncertainty for PV and other technologies eligible for support under FITs. We are therefore still intending to publish the phase 2 consultation by 9th February. This will include proposed tariffs for other FITs technologies and a set of reform proposals for the scheme. We are also intending to publish the Government’s response to the other aspects of the phase 1 consultation that are not affected by the Judicial Review (namely the proposals on energy efficiency and for multi-installation tariff rates).”

“This is good news for the broader renewables sector” says Simon Osborne, Specification Channel Manager at Baxi. “The uncertainty around FITs generated by the Court of Appeal challenge which focused exclusively on solar technologies is not helpful to manufacturers of other important renewables, such as, micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power). We have worked hard with other UK micro-CHP providers to push for an increase in tariff to 15p. We trust that the Government will take account of our case and that the proposed tariffs will continue to move the micro-generation sector forward.”

Baxi manufactures the country’s only commercially available micro-CHP unit for the home, the award-winning Baxi Ecogen. This type of dual energy appliance can generate 1kWh of electricity, while also providing abundant supplies of space heating and hot water for a property. The unit responds to an initial heat demand up to 6kW by igniting the engine’s gas burner.  The heat causes the inert gas inside the unit’s Free Piston Stirling Engine (FPSE) to expand, displacing the piston between a copper coil. As a result, electricity is generated in a similar way to an alternator in a car.