solar & biomass
Solar thermal & biomass woodburner move family closer towards their zero carbon goal
At first, it didn't seem as if there was much prospect of Microgeneration being able to introduce any renewable technologies as the property was already on the mains gas network.
However, by replacing the old boiler with a modern gas condensing unit and integrating an east-west solar thermal system with a new high capacity thermal store for hot water, the family were now able to meet a good proportion of their summer hot water needs from the sun alone.
Stage two included the incorporation of a woodburner with back boiler, also linked into the thermal store. This has had a significant impact on gas boiler usage in winter and has moved the household much nearer their zero carbon goal.