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MPs review energy potential of PFGHRDs

The energy saving potential of passive flue gas heat recovery devices (PFGHRDS) were discussed at a recent event at Westminster’s Portcullis House, which was addressed by Minister of State for Climate Change Greg Barker.

In his speech, Mr Barker confirmed the Government’s commitment to the green agenda, highlighting support for the Renewable Heat Incentive and the ongoing Feed-in Tariff.

He said: “We need to continue to back the drive for innovative new technologies for heating our homes, while addressing the challenge of reducing carbon. Government is battling to remove the barriers and products like PFGHRDs can help us find cost effective ways towards a new scale of energy efficiency.”

The event, organised by Zenex Technologies and supported by the All Party Energy Group, the Sustainable Energy Partnership and BDR Thermea, also outlined how hundreds of thousands of people would receive assistance over the coming years to reduce carbon usage.

Chris Farrell of Zenex, who invented the GasSaver, explained the benefits of PFGHRD: “The GasSaver is fitted above the high efficiency combination boiler and recovers any waste heat before it goes through the flue and is lost. 

“It is a sealed-for-life unit that has no moving parts, no controls or settings and does not require any maintenance.

“The recovered heat is recycled back through the boiler, giving it a head start in heating up the water.

“A GasSaver installed with an A-rated boiler saves the equivalent of one Megawatt hour every year.  That’s equivalent to 1000 single bar electric fires running for an hour!”

“ We would like a full assessment by the Climate Change Committee and the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group to show the extent to which they can assist with climate change and fuel poverty,” Mr Farrell continued.

“And we would like to see a VAT reduction to 5 per cent in line with other microgeneration technologies and promoted by the Energy Saving Trust as best practice.”

The Multifit GasSaver is produced by BDR Thermea and is recognised in various industry regulations including SAP for newbuild properties, approved under the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) and is an Energy Saving Trust Recommended product.