HETAS Guide is coming

HETAS Guide 2017 is coming

The 2017 edition of the HETAS Guide will be launched at Ecobuild at the start of March. Ecobuild is the UK’s largest and number one event for specifiers across the built environment anHETAS Guide 2017d takes place at ExCeL, London from 7th March.

Speaking about the new Guide, Bruce Allen says “We are committed to achieving industry best practice for our registrants, and most importantly, our customers. We receive lots of positive feedback about the benefits of using the Guide and will continue to improve the Guide and the online search facility.”

“The new format of the Guide is more accessible allowing all users information in a clear to understand way.”

In addition to the new Guide, the HETAS interactive search facility has been enhanced. This search also includes appliances that have been verified on the new Ecodesign Ready Scheme. Take a look at the upgraded search facility at www.hetas.co.uk/find-appliance.

Copies of the HETAS Guide 2017 will be sent out to our registrants over the coming weeks, with additional copies available via the HETAS Shop from March.

Find out more about HETAS, MCS and SIA product schemes at www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/manufacturers.

Enhanced Appliance Search

HETAS Enhanced Appliance Search

In the January e-news HETAS introduced the Ecodesign Ready Scheme, a Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) scheme that is being overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves meet the fundamental requirements of Ecodesign. Ecodesign Ready appliances can now be found on the HETAS search.

Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lowering emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK in 2022. The main manufacturers in the SIA have decided to release stoves that will meet the lower emission limits now, six years early.

Ecodesign Ready Scheme

HETAS Enhanced Appliance SearchAs with HD ready TVs the Ecodesign Ready label will inform consumers that the stove will meet the new stringent emission limits.

The Ecodesign Ready scheme is supported by DEFRA. The SIA Ecodesign Ready label will set the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today.

The scheme is being overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves meet the fundamental requirements of Ecodesign. The stoves will also appear on the HETAS website search with the Ecodesign Ready label.

Independent tests have shown that an Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% fewer emissions that an open fire and 84% fewer than a stove of ten years ago.

With the scheme due for a parliament launch on the 28th February, you can now search for Ecodesign Ready Appliances using the HETAS search facility. In addition, the search function has been further enhanced with new search options.  The ‘Find Product’ search now enables you to search using the following:

  • Manufacturer/Appliance Name
  • Product Type
  • Design Features: style/air control/hearth requirements/fuel operation/
  • Efficiency and Output
  • Additional Filters: auto ignition/outdoor installation/accumulator required
  • Certifications/Verification: HETAS/Defra/MCS/SIA Ecodesign Ready

The search results have also been enhanced with new icons which first featured in the 2016 HETAS Guide now available online, making the information on appliances easier to understand.

Take a look at the range of products using the search at: www.hetas.co.uk/find-appliance

RHI Update | January 2017

Renewable Heat Incentive | RHI Update January 2017

RHI Update: In March 2016, the Government published a consultation on changes to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its response on the 14th December.

BEIS has announced a tariff increase for three of the eligible renewable heating technology types for the scheme, these being for new air source heat pump (ASHP), ground source heat pump (GSHP) and biomass systems. Applicants to the scheme on or after 14th December 2016 will be eligible for the current tariff rate at the time of applying. They will then be eligible for the increased tariff from the date the amended Domestic RHI Scheme Regulations come into force, this is likely in spring 2017.

Tariff RatesRHI Update

Biomass – Current: 4.21p Uplifted: 6.44p

Air Source – Current: 7.51p Uplifted: 10.02p

Ground Source – Current: 19.33p Uplifted: 19.55p

Click here to view the Ofgem Factsheet: The Domestic RHI -Tariffs and payments.

Heat Demand Limits

Additionally,  the tariff announcement, BEIS is introducing heat demand limits to the Domestic RHI scheme.  In essence this means there will be a limit to the financial support that scheme participants can receive for their heat use annually. Biomass, ASHP and GSHP will have limits applied. Annual heat demand limits are as follows:

ASHP: 20,000kWh

GSHP: 30,000kWh

Biomass: 25,000kWh

There will be no heat demand limit for solar thermal.

For the full consultation response visit the GOV.UK website.

Our dedicated MCS team is on hand to discuss MCS registration with HETAS, contact 01684 278170, option 2 or email registration@hetas.co.uk or for more information on the current RHI and any changes please visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi.

REA RHI Roadshow

Renewable Energy AssociationThe Renewable Energy Association (REA) will be running a series of seminars to explain how the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive can help you, whether you are a company planning to supply or install the eligible technologies, a building service engineer, a social landlord, a heating consultant or anyone wandering exactly how the scheme works.

How can the Renewable Heat Incentive benefit my business? (Birmingham)

This seminar takes place in Birmingham on Wednesday 25th June and will be followed by a number of regional events, with dates to be announced.

Everything you need to know about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI):

  • How it works?
  • What systems are eligible?
  • What are the business opportunities and a whole lot more . . .

The introduction of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive on 9th April 2014 for the first time allows householders to be paid for generating heat from renewable sources. As a result we expect a significant upturn in the demand for renewable heat systems leading to a rapid expansion of the supply chain.

The first REA event will take place in Birmingham where you will learn key aspects of the policy including an overview of the technologies covered and how the policy will support their growth.

Speakers include those implementing the scheme from DECC, Ofgem, MCS and RECC as well as industry experts who will be highlighting the opportunities and sharing their insights into what the policy means for the sector.

This event is a must for anybody active in the renewable heat sector, equipment suppliers and their supply chain, heat appliance installers, building energy consultants, social landlords and anyone else who is thinking about the new opportunities the scheme provides.

Programme

09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.10 Introduction Mike Landy, REA
10.10 – 10.30 Overview of and background to the Domestic RHI Lucy Longstaff, DECC
10.30 – 10.55 The RHI application procedure. Ofgem’s role and guidance Keith Horgan, Ofgem
10.55 – 11.10 Changes to MCS to accommodate the Domestic RHI (standards, compliance certificates, competency requirements, size limits, etc.) Gideon Richard, MCS
11.10 – 11.20 Open discussion / questions
11.20 – 11.40 Break
11.40 – 12.05 Opportunities for biomass and heat pumps in the Domestic RHI David Rae, Innasol
12.05 – 12.25 Opportunities for solar thermal in the Domestic RHI Stuart Elmes, Viridian
12.25 – 12.45 Ensuring protection for the Domestic RHI consumer Virginia Graham, RECC
12.45 – 13.00 Open discussion / questions
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch

Costings are as follows:

REA Members £150 + VAT
RECC Members £170 + VAT
REA Non Members £200 + VAT

You can book online now or download a booking form on the REA website.

REA was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. REA helps our members build commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses whilst increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the UK’s electricity, heat, transport and green gas needs. Find out more by visiting the REA website.

Condensing Biomass Boilers qualify for domestic RHI

mcs_logoThe Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced that condensing biomass boilers will be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which is due to launch in spring 2014.

The final domestic RHI policy was published in July 2013 and biomass boilers were initially excluded from the policy. This decision was subject to the result of tests being undertaken on behalf of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to assess the potential impact on water quality of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs*) being emitted in the condensate of this type of boiler. Defra has now confirmed that while a small amount of PAHs are released in the condensate from condensing biomass  boilers the levels should not pose a significant threat to the aquatic environment once they have been through waste water treatment.

As a result the Government are content to extend the domestic RHI eligibility to condensing biomass boilers, provided they meet the other criteria of the scheme. This will apply to eligible condensing biomass boilers installed between 15th July 2009 and the launch of the scheme in spring 2014 and those installed after the launch of the scheme. HETAS has been instrumental in providing support to both DECC, Defra and appliance manufacturers during the research period. HETAS provide Microgeneration Certification product approval for biomass appliances. To find out more about the policy changes or to enquire about product approval with HETAS, please contact Brian Bailey on mcsproduct@hetas.co.uk, or call 01242 682042.MCSProduct PD

You can find MCS biomass products approved by HETAS using the search facility at http://www.hetas.co.uk/find-appliance

To read the full article please visit the DECC website by clicking here.

*PAHs are products of incomplete fuel burning and are categorised as priority hazardous substances under the EU Water Framework Directive.

 

 

October Product Approvals

The following products have gained HETAS approval in October 2013. Simply click on the manufacturer to visit their website or click on the product to view more details. To find more HETAS Approved Appliances visit the ‘Find Appliance‘ page. Keep up to date with the latest HETAS product approvals in the News section of the HETAS website.

HETAS Approved Appliances

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Froling distributed by Econergy Ltd – Froling T4 24 Pellet/T4 24 Chip, Froling T4 30 Pellet/T4 30 Chip, Froling T4 40 Pellet/T4 40 Chip, Froling T4 50 Pellet/T4 50 Chip, Froling S3 Turbo 18/S3 Turbo 18 (WOS), Froling S3 Turbo 28/S3 Turbo 28 (WOS), Froling S3 Turbo 36 (WOS), Froling S3 Turbo 45 (WOS), Froling S4 Turbo 15, Froling S4 Turbo 22, Froling S4 Turbo 28, Froling S4 Turbo 34, Froling Turbo 40, Froling Turbo 50, Froling Turbo 60, Froling P4 Pellet 80, Froling P4 Pellet 100

HETAS MCS Approved Products

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MCZ Group S.p.A – RED Compact – Compact 14, RED Compact – Compact Slim 15

Wood Energy Solutions distributed by Turkington Engineering Ltd – Woodsman 16, Woodsman 28

MCS – have your say

mcs_logoThe Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is consulting on updates to many of the MCS standards and documents. Outlined below are some of the  documents being consulted on. There is a response form for each document that must be used if you want to provide any comments. These comments must be submitted to MCSconsultations@gemserv.com with the name of the document in the subject of the email.

For installers of biomass appliances the key consultation documents include:

  • MIS3004 – Biomass Standard
  • MCS008 – Product Certification Scheme Requirements – Biomass
  • MCS Domestic RHI Metering Guidance
  • MCS Scope – Consultation on 45kW Scope – Biomass

Solar thermal consultations include:

  • MIS3001 – Solar Heating Standard
  • MCS Scope – Consultation on 45kW Scope – Solar Thermal

A full list of consultations currently available can be found on the Microgeneration Certification website. All comments must be submitted by 31st October 2013 and must be submitted using the response forms available on the MCS website.

HETAS offer MCS installer registration for both biomass and solar thermal technologies along with MCS product approval for biomass appliances. To find out more about installer registration speak to Jo Courtney-Wiggins on 01242 681907 or email mcsinstaller@hetas.co.uk.

Manufacturers interested in product approval should contact Brian Bailey on 01242 682042 or email mcsproduct@hetas.co.uk.

MCS Legacy Applications

Installers and consumers are being reminded to register renewable heating systems that have been installed on or after 15th July 2009 on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) database immediately in order to avoid missing out on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. The scheme is for householders looking to replace their current heating system with a supported renewable heat technology and householders who have installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009.

 Legacy systems must be registered with MCS by 4pm on Tuesday 22nd October in order to qualify for RHI payments. The Department of Energy and Climate Change plan to open the domestic scheme in spring 2014 with homes generating renewable energy will receive 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers and at least 19.2p/kWh for solar thermal.

 HETAS offer MCS installer registration for both biomass and solar thermal technologies along with MCS product approval for biomass appliances. To find out more about installer registration speak to Jo Courtney-Wiggins on 01242 681907 or email mcsinstaller@hetas.co.uk.

Manufacturers interested in product approval should contact Brian Bailey on 01242 682042 or email mcsproduct@hetas.co.uk.

September Product Approvals

The following products have gained HETAS approval in September 2013. Simply click on the manufacturer to visit their website or click on the product to view more details. To find more HETAS Approved Appliances visit the ‘Find Appliance‘ page. Keep up to date with the latest HETAS product approvals in the News section of the HETAS website.

 HETAS Approved Appliances

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Hothouse Inspired ProductsHothouse HH4SE, Hothouse HH6SE, Hothouse HH8SE, Breeze HHB4SE, Breeze HHB6SE, Breeze HHB8SE, Hothouse Insert Stove

HETAS MCS Approved Products

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Strebel LtdStrebel Turbotec 20, Strebel Turbotec 25, Strebel Turbotec 30, Strebel Turbotec 40

Also added to the HETAS Guide:

Grenadier Firelighters Ltd – Grenadier Electric Fireligher

Approvals for October will be available on the HETAS website on Monday 4th November 2013.

August Product Approvals

The following products have gained HETAS approval in August 2013. Simply click on the manufacturer to visit their website or click on the product to view more details. To find more HETAS Approved Appliances visit the ‘Find Appliance‘ page. Keep up to date with the latest HETAS product approvals in the News section of the HETAS website.

 HETAS MCS Approved Products

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HDG Bavaria GmbHdistributed by Euroheat Distributors (HBS) Ltd – HDG Compact C45 pellet, HDG Compact C45 wood chip, HDG Euro 45

HETAS Listings

FireHawk – CO5B 5 year life battery powered CO alarm

Approvals for September will be available on the HETAS website on Tuesday 1st October 2013