Baxi-Senertec joins Baxi Commercial Division

Baxi-SenerTec UK, the business unit responsible for marketing the Dachs mini-CHP product in the UK, has now become part of Baxi Commercial Division by relocating at the start of 2010 to the same premises in Birmingham. David Shaw, Business Manager for Baxi-SenerTec UK, will join Baxi Commercial Division, reporting to managing Director Paul Hardy.

The move is intended to accelerate the market penetration of Dachs mini-CHP into the commercial sector of the UK market by optimising the synergy of Low to Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies already available from Baxi Commercial Division.

Paul Hardy says: “This operational change is in line with the Baxi Commercial Division philosophy of offering a one stop shop facility to our customers, not only for high efficiency conventional products such as Andrews water heaters and Potterton Commercial boilers, but also for the latest advanced efficiency solutions that include solar thermal, ground source and air source heat pumps. 

“As with these innovations, it is essential for mini-CHP technology to be fully supported, in terms of systems integration design, sales and technical assistance through to commissioning and all administrative back-up. In our considerable experience, facilitating this from under one roof enables design consultants, design and build contractors and specifiers to involve us at the earliest stage in their projects. This means that optimum system benefits can be achieved in terms of highest performance with the lowest carbon emissions and reduced running costs.”

The Dachs mini-CHP unit is Europe’s biggest selling Combined Heat & Power unit. It is a key microgeneration technology that generates 5.5kW of low carbon, low cost, 3-phase electricity and simultaneously produces 12.5-15.5kW of heat. By locating this type of equipment in or close to a building, the electricity generated and the heat produced can be used in the building with no energy wastage, thereby delivering carbon savings of 20-30%. A mature and reliable technology that has been utilised in Europe for decades, the Dachs will deliver very attractive financial benefits in the UK commercial sector by playing a large part in gaining compliance with planning and Building Regulations.

Baxi-SenerTec UK has already provided a success template for future projects across the UK by winning the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) Public Sector Award for its work installing mini-CHP units in 19 London Fire Brigade (LFB) stations across London. A completed installation at one of the LFB stations cost just £40,000 and has been proved to deliver a 20% reduction in overall energy costs and a 19% cut in CO2 emissions.

David Shaw says: “It is a logical step forward to bring the Baxi-SenerTec UK business under the Baxi Commercial Division umbrella as I firmly believe the Dachs mini-CHP unit will increasingly become an invaluable integral part of commercial heating systems. The emphasis is already moving towards incorporating compatible LZC technologies with conventional high efficiency heating equipment, in anticipation of the Energy Using Products Directive coming into force in 2010.”

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