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Stunell impressed with energy-saving technology

An MP has hailed innovative gas saving products on a visit to Baxi’s Preston manufacturing facility.

Local government minister Andrew Stunell met representatives of Zenex Technologies, Baxi and Remeha Commercial.

And to see how the GasSaver Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery Device (PFGHRD) can increase the energy efficiency of boilers and help to reduce fuel bills.

Andrew Keating, MD Boiler Division, welcomed Mr Stunell and then Chris Farrell, MD of Zenex Technologies, and inventor of the GasSaver, introduced the technology.

Following a tour of the manufacturing facilities for GasSaver, Chris Farrell demonstrated the GasSaver working in the test laboratory.

Mr Stunell was able to see how, when the GasSaver was introduced into the system, the amount of gas being used by the boiler dropped, he could hear the boiler modulating down, and saw an increase in the amount of hot water coming through the tap at a higher temperature.

Mark Northcott, MD of Baxi’s sister company, Remeha Commercial, also demonstrated how the GasSaver technology can be applied to larger boilers suitable for commercial use.

Andrew Stunell said the facilities were impressive and had “given me some things to think about and to discuss with my colleagues who share my passion for working towards a greener environment”.

He added: “My job is about setting achievable, sensible priorities.  We have to align what we are doing on the regulatory front with what is being done on Green Deal.

“The beauty of GasSaver is that it is British and can be integrated with what Baxi is doing on other fronts.  We need to have a cultural change to encourage people to think about how to save energy in existing properties.  It is important that we continue to work on technologies that challenge the whole industry to think about how we get to the next step beyond our current domestic gas boilers.”

The GasSaver sits neatly between a boiler and flue and recycles the heat from the flue gases which would normally be expelled into the atmosphere and wasted.

It’s claimed to reduce the energy required to produce hot water by 37 per cent.

It works by capturing and storing heat from the flue gases which would normally be lost through the boiler flue.

The heat is recycled to preheat water coming into the boiler from the cold mains supply. Because it doesn’t have to raise the temperature so much, the boiler uses significantly less gas to heat the water to the required temperature. This means lower energy bills and greater carbon savings.