The fully-financed solar generation and smart battery storage solution will help housing associations meet their carbon reduction targets and alleviate rates of fuel poverty amongst tenants
The UK energy services company, SMS plc, has unveiled a unique new solution that aims to radically reduce carbon emissions of Britain’s social housing stock. Through Solopower, SMS is partnering with local councils and housing associations to significantly upgrade the energy performance of social accommodation, delivering solar generation, battery storage, and smart meters to landlords and their residents at zero upfront cost.
In deploying these smart home energy technologies – which are intelligently controlled and optimised by SMS’s FlexiGrid™ aggregation software – Solopower can decarbonise housing electricity by approximately 90% per home. The solution will therefore contribute to the enhancement of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings and reduce tenant electricity bills by up to 25% (approximately £200 in savings per year).
Thermal Stores have been an effective and highly efficient hot water solution in the UK for almost 40 years. However, many installers today revert to an unvented cylinder solution for mains pressure hot water, mainly due to a lack of awareness and understanding of thermal store technology.
McDonald Water Storage have seen thermal store popularity rise however, particularly in apartment applications, as they overcome many of the frustrations both installers and housing providers have with unvented cylinder installations, including the hidden costs of the difficult G3 requirements and ongoing annual maintenance.
With over 15 year’s experience in the electric heating market, The Electric Heating Company witnessed a significant increase in demand during 2020 for their Electric Boilers and the various Electric Radiator models. Another contributing factor is the Governments proposed move towards a decarbonised grid which permits the electrification of heat and marks the end of fossil fuel combustion as a main source of heating. This attractive alternative to combustion fuels is highly efficient modern electric heating systems.
As part of Essco’s ongoing commitment to improving the efficiency of UK heat networks, their latest EDGE heat interface unit has been tested to the BESA HIU standard. Test results include a WVART of just 28°C1 and a quick domestic hot water response, meaning the EDGE-T comes out top for communal and district heating performance.
Essco are delighted to unveil their revitalised company branding, which includes a new name, look and website. The branding reflects the creation of the new ‘Essco Group’ and represents a big change, with the previous logo having been in place for 13 years. These changes are not just skin deep, the company is also enhancing their existing assets with the addition of new products, services and solutions.
It is important to properly size a water heater to meet the needs of a business or household and ensure optimum efficiency. As a result, Ariston has introduced a comprehensive guide to its portfolio of high-quality vented, unvented and instantaneous electric water heaters, outlining which models are best suited for a range of domestic and light commercial applications throughout the UK. The guide can be found in the new Ariston hot water brochure.
Ariston’s water heating guide makes it simple to identify which product is best suited for a project, by cross referencing the types of outlet with the intended levels of use. For example, it identifies that for a single basin with a light level of water usage, the wall-mounted, 5-litre Piccolo would be adequate. Similarly, for heavy use applications looking to feed three wash basins or a kitchen sink, 30-litre capacity Andris Lux or Andris Lux Eco water heaters should be installed.
We are working with an increasing number of housing associations in the UK because we are able to provide gas boilers that are economical to run and low on harmful emissions. These are important, verifiable factors, but the one overriding benefit our clients demand is peace of mind, in the form of cast iron reliability. Our boilers aren’t cast iron of course, but their reliability has been the number one reason for going Intergas and now, thanks to Which? Magazine, this reliability has been endorsed by its Trusted Traders in its report published on 24th November.