Link and Scottish Gas team up on Baxi Ecogen trial to help reduce fuel poverty
Scottish Gas and Link Housing Association, part of the Link group, have teamed up to trial a Baxi Ecogen micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) appliance, which is one of the first of its kind to be installed in Scotland.
Scottish Gas approached Link with a proposal to install the micro-CHP unit in the home of a Link tenant. Baxi Ecogen can deliver renewable electricity and heat by utilising bio-natural gas. Carbon emissions are reduced by generating electricity at the point of use - avoiding the system losses associated with central power production. While it burns gas, the unit also generates electricity, making it a very cost effective way of heating and providing energy in a home, with the potential to help reduce fuel poverty.
The unit was supplied by Baxi and installed free of charge by Scottish Gas in the home of a tenant in Drip Road, Stirling. Both organisations are now monitoring the results of the trial and the cost saving benefits it is expected to bring to the tenant.
Willie Clemie, Technical Service Manager with Link Housing said: "We were pleased to extend our existing relationship with Scottish Gas by taking part in this innovative trial project. In line with our Affordable Warmth Strategy we are looking forward to finding out more about the unit's potential to bring cost saving benefits to tenants and also how it may help to reduce the impact of fuel poverty."
Deborah Skelton Business Development manager for Scottish Gas, Contract Partnerships said "This is the first Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP boiler to be installed in Scotland and we are very pleased to be a part of this project with Link Housing Association.
"Baxi Ecogen is a fully automatic gas fired wall mounted condensing heat only boiler which will produce up to 1kW of electricity for the tenant. The electricity excess to requirements at the time of production will be fed back into the national grid which will have good cost savings for the tenant as well as saving energy and reducing carbon emissions."