Ivan Thompson, Stokvis managing director, said his company had carefully selected Riomay as the best option for widening the scope of its offering to customers as it fitted with its existing range of high efficiency boilers.
Mr Thompson said: “What we were looking for was something straight forward, down to earth and a system which could prove it could do ‘what it said on the tin’.”
He told those attending the London launch of the solar thermal system that his company would work closely with clients to identify how they could use solar thermal systems to meet new Government regulations on carbon emissions.
He said: “We believe we have the system to help achieve some of those goals while also providing the measurable, documentary proof that those goals have been achieved.
“It is very important to us that we can measure and prove what we are doing is true.”
Tony Book, chairman of Riomay, said he believed consultants would be attracted to the system as they looked at how to meet the criteria set down by the Code for Sustainable Homes.
He said: “This gets through all the building regulations and actually does what it needs to do.”
The Stokvis-Riomay solar thermal system uses the ultra high efficiency Ecotube which according to independent laboratory tests produces 750kWh per metre square in direct heating mode and *40jWh per square metre in pre heat mode
The system is an advanced form of evacuated tube collector which absorbs solar radiation and uses that energy to raise the initial temperature of a hot water system. The design of the Ecotube means it can be sites on a flat roof, at an angle or horizontally on flank walls.
Mr Book said: “There is not a building we cannot put this on.”
Stokvis believes key markets include schools, hotels and housing associations. It points out
that Government grants are available in some circumstances alongside the Enhanced Capital Allowance tax relief scheme