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Vaillant and Honda seal deal on micro-CHP development

Heating and air conditioning specialist Vaillant and Japanese technology giant Honda are joining forces to develop a gas fired micro-Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) system for the European market.

A joint announcement said the micro-CHP products would initially be targeted at German homeowners to provide cost effective heat and power in detached houses.

Managing director of the Vaillant Group Dieter Mller said: 'We are pleased to have been able to win Honda, the world's leading engine manufacturer, as a partner.

“With this co-operation we will be able to further expand our portfolio of energy-saving and environmentally friendly products.

President of Honda Motor Europe (North) Takayuki Arima said: 'The competence of Vaillant in heating and air conditioning systems and the long experience of Honda in the development and production of highly efficient systems for cogeneration can create the best product.”

Vaillant and Honda celebrate micro-CHP agreement
Managing director of the Vaillant Group Dieter Mller and president of Honda Motor Europe (North) Takayuki Arima celebrate the micro-CHP deal
In Japan and the United States Honda is already offering small gas-powered micro-CHP units with more than 80,000 systems already been sold and installed in the two countries.

Meanwhile, Vaillant has an existing range of gas-engine-powered mini-CHP system for large detached and multifamily houses and commercial buildings.

Vaillant will develop the complete hydraulics of the heating system, the control technology and the connection technology to ensure the most efficient and demand-oriented use of energy.

Combined heat and power (CHP) allows the simultaneous production of heat and electricity, but at the moment in Europe it is mostly used for industry, district heating systems and large commercial buildings.

Micro-CHP systems are a major focus for research and development within the heating market with several companies looking to bring products to market in the near future including Baxi, Energetix, Ceramic Fuel Cells and Ceres Power