UK heating manufacturer Baxi is a proud winner of this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. The Baxi Ecogen micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) boiler was awarded the prestigious accolade during Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee year.
Baxi has a long and proud UK heritage dating back to 1866, when Richard Baxendale established the company a short distance away from its present manufacturing premises in Bamber Bridge, near Preston in Lancashire, where the Ecogen is designed, developed and manufactured today.
Home heating was revolutionised by the launch of the Baxi Bermuda back boiler unit in 1966, and Baxi continues to be at the forefront of innovation. Last year it became the first boiler manufacturer to include a combustion management system in its boilers as standard, providing exceptional energy efficiency and cost savings for householders compared to standard boilers.
Baxi Ecogen uses a Free Piston Stirling Engine to generate up to 1kW electricity while it is providing space heating and hot water, which is usually at times of peak electrical demand. It is MCS certified so is eligible for the Governments Feed-in Tariff, and Planning Permission is not required.
Managing Director of the Baxi’s UK Boiler Division, Andrew Keating, says: “This fantastic achievement is testament to the commitment and hard work of our teams who have brought Baxi Ecogen, the first domestic appliance of its kind, to the UK marketplace, and made our facility a centre of excellence for this important new technology.”