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.
The Baxi Bermuda BBU HE triumphed at the IGEM/SBGI Gas Industry Awards 2010, winning the Gas Industry Innovation Award. The award ceremony was part of the Joint Gas Industry Luncheon held at the London Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 11th May. It was presented by National Grid Chief Executive Steven Holliday, Jeremy Bending, President IGEM and David Jones, President of SBGI.
As the only condensing back boiler unit on the market, the Baxi Bermuda BBU HE drew special praise from the judges who valued its high efficiency. They recognised that this product will “help reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions in over two million households which still rely on a back boiler to provide heating and hot water”.
Our success continued when the Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP won the Green Innovation Award as part of a virtual event called Sustainability Now. The event provided keynotes, information, discussions and an exhibition around sustainability in the built environment. All the delegates – professionals from architecture, engineering, quantity surveying, project management and construction – attended without having to leave their offices, saving money on travelling and hotels, and ensuring it was a low carbon event.
Baxi Ecogen fought off eight other innovative products to win the coveted Green Innovation Award. The products were all chosen as recent developments that the judges thought could make a difference and help the construction sector meet its sustainability goals.