BASF HOUSE BRINGS HOME MICROGEN AWARD
British Gas has been announced as the winner of the Innovation of the Year Award at the Micropower Council Awards 2012, for a project involving Panasonic’s Aquarea air source heat pump.
Winners were announced at a black-tie gala dinner featuring the industry’s “best of the best” on 10 October 2012. The awards highlight the achievements of the microgeneration industry from the past year. One such achievement was the teaming up of British Gas, Cool Planet (the renewable energy design and installation arm of British Gas) and Panasonic, for the Creative Energy Homes Project at the University of Nottingham. This ground-breaking project resulted in an industry-leading eco heating solution for the BASF House, which was installed with the pioneering 9 kW Aquarea monobloc air-to-water heat pump unit.
When connected to an existing conventional hot water cylinder the 9kW unit can raise the hot water tank contents from 27°C (typical overnight standing temperature) up to 43°C (typical acceptable hot water temperature) within 1 hour.
The project turned out to be a great success, with high levels of tenant satisfaction, and the ability for the University to monitor the invaluable data for many years to come, it is not much of a surprise that the project has been noticed by industry experts as something worth rewarding.
“We’re proud to be part of an award-winning project. It is great that the calibre of our products is being recognised through their achievements. I doubt this will be the only time we see a story like this”, comments Marc Diaz of Panasonic.
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