Category Archives: Renewables

Oil now – and 10 years in the future

Andrew Townsend, senior consultant at energy and environment consultants, A.F.T. Energy, looks into his crystal ball and predicts where oil heating will be a decade from now. We are entering a truly turbulent time. Domestic energy suppliers’ prices are up and down like a roller coaster and customers are unsure which way to turn – […]

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Free training

Free training from Trianco and UTN renewables

Trianco has joined forces with UTN Renewables to offer engineers free renewable training. Installers can claim back the cost of a BPEC or Logic course, taken with Trianco or UTN, up to a value of £595.00. The offer is available to installers that have completed, been certified and subsequently purchased their first Trianco Greenflame biomass […]

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Showcasing the latest technology

Grant UK Spira wood pellet boiler

The installation of a Grant Spira wood pellet boiler in East Green Energy’s showroom has generated a great deal of interest. Not only does the boiler act as a primary heating source for the company’s premises, but it also offers customers a unique opportunity to see the advantages offered by this type of renewable technology. […]


New solar collector range

Firebird TZ Heatpipe solar collectors

Firebird has introduced a new range of solar collectors. The design of the TZ58-1800 Heatpipe collector enables solar energy to be captured, even at low temperatures, and prevents energy loss back to the atmosphere. The collector features aluminium manifold frames and nickel plated condensing heads for reliable long life, with a 94% absorption coefficient. The […]


ASHP in older properties

Air source heat pump in older property

Mitsubishi Electric has installed an 8.5kW Ecodan air source heat pump (ASHP) into a virtual three-storey Victorian terrace house to demonstrate how renewable technology can benefit the nation’s older properties. The installation is part of the Number One Lower Carbon Drive project at the Building Centre, which aims to increase awareness of the UK’s urgent […]


A busy Ecobuild debut…

Ecobuild debut for OFTEC

The OFTEC pavilion at Ecobuild in March provided an ideal opportunity to showcase latest developments in bio-liquids and hybrid oil/renewable heating systems. It was the first time that OFTEC had attended the show as an exhibitor, sharing a large stand with Clarehill Plastics, EOGB Energy Products, Firebird and Warmflow.  OFTEC’s marketing manager Malcolm Farrow said: […]


What’s the Green Deal for technicians?

As renewable energy initiatives continue to hit the headlines, Oil Installer takes a look at the Green Deal and examines what it actually means for registered technicians. The Green Deal aims to retrofit 14 million homes with energy efficiency improvements by 2020 with households able to get improvements, without having to front up the cash […]

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Installers’ DVD champions renewables

Renewables championed by installer DVD

Heating and plumbing engineers, Andy Buchan and Watson Carlill, have released a renewables DVD aimed at installers.  The pair who have a combined 80 years in the industry, recently formed Future Renewable Energy (FRE). Now running seminars nationwide to encourage a greater uptake of renewables, the DVD was produced in partnership with the Worcester Bosch […]


Award for ground heat

Ground Heat named 2011 Renewable Installer of the Year

Ground Heat was recently named as Renewables Installer of the Year.  The company, which has been existence for 7 years, is a sister company to Bolton-based M H Craggs & Sons, heating engineers with 40 years’ experience and installers of oil-fired and gas boilers. The presentation was made at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, one […]


Made in China

Oil Installer editor Jane Hughes meets ET Solar staff, China

  Sixty per cent of the world is now generating electricity using solar products manufactured in China.  In latter years – made in China – left UK consumers distinctly unimpressed, but today companies like the ET Solar Group are producing a quality product at a lower cost.  Now widely used in countries like Germany, where […]