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Micropower winners unveiled

The Micropower Awards have recognised the outstanding companies and industry champions in the sector.

The awards - organised by the Micropower Council - were presented in four categories: Innovation, Key Project, Public Sector and Outstanding Personal Contribution.

Baxi wins awardsMicropower Couincil president Baroness Maddock said: “We were delighted with the quality of the entries this year, which represent the growing strength of the industry and demonstrate the extent to which microgeneration technology is becoming increasingly mainstream and gaining wider public acceptance.

The applications were assessed by a distinguished panel of judges: Lord Whitty, Chair of Consumer Focus; Alan Whitehead MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group; Andrew Warren, Director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy; Dr Nick Eyre, Head of the Lower Carbon Futures Group at Oxford University and Eddie Hyams, Chair of the Energy Saving Trust.

Outstanding Personal Contribution: Neil Schofield, head of sustainable development at Worcester Bosch
Neil has been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of heat in the climate change debate. His sustained campaign to ensure Renewable Heat gained suitable recognition within the overall debate was rewarded by the inclusion of a whole chapter dedicated to heat in the Government’s UK Renewable Energy Strategy Consultation launched in June 2008.
Highly commended Sarah Boyack MSP

Innovation: Baxi Ecogen microCHP
The Ecogen microCHP is seen as a potential successor to condensing boilers. It is a wall-hung unit which generates space heating, hot water and 1kW of electricity. Baxi have dealt with production and tolerance issues in an innovative manner and have developed a product which delivers significant carbon and energy savings.

Highly commended: British Gas for Green Streets programme
Mitsubishi Electric for Ecodan air source heat pump systems

Public Sector: Harrogate Borough Council
The Council has been running a ground source heat pump installation scheme which has had a major impact on reducing fuel poverty, improving tenants’ living conditions and reducing carbon emissions. The scheme has delivered substantial carbon savings as well as saving residents money on their fuel bills. Rigorous monitoring has been a key part of the success of this project, and has contributed to research and lobbying on issues of domestic energy use.

Key Project: National Energy Action (NEA)
Commended for their work on behalf of residents of permanently sited mobile homes - known as 'park homes'.
NEA have worked to develop heating improvements and lobby for their inclusion in Government grant schemes.
Traditionally, park homes are difficult to heat with no energy efficiency building regulations applied to them. Heat escapes from their thin walls and because of the material they cannot be insulated using typical measures applied to a house, such as cavity wall. Park homes are also often off gas-networks also, it can make them expensive to heat.
NEA is calling for the inclusion of renewable technologies for park home owners in national schemes such as CERT and Warm Front.
NEA has researched, developed and implemented lightweight insulation specifically for park homes, installed air source heat pumps and gas savers, and achieved energy savings of approximately 50%.

Chief executive of Baxi Group UK Mark Kelly is pictured accepting the innovation award from Baroness Maddock and broadcaster Penny Poyzer.