Copper’s status as the preferred material of choice for renewable energy applications has become even more prevalent with the confirmation of the much anticipated extension to the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Previously restricted to Solar PV installations, the RHI scheme now incorporates Heat Pumps, Biomass Boilers and Solar Thermal Systems.
The scheme not only provides an additional incentive for homeowners, private landlords and self-builders eligible to install renewable heat sources but it also rewards eligible installations carried out by accredited MCS installers since 15th July 2009.
However, McDonald Engineers is warning the expected surge in installations may highlight challenges for both homeowners and installers when hot water cylinders do not perform as expected.
McDonald Engineers’ Sales Director, Jamie Stewart commented " Whilst the RHI puts a real focus on the benefits of using renewable heat sources, we also need to drive the message that, to maximise the benefits of these technologies, pairing them with Copper hot water cylinders will optimise the systems and increase efficiency".
Widely recognised as the best and most cost effective solution to use in conjunction with renewables, hot water cylinders made of Copper offer cheaper running costs through more effective heat transfer, are recyclable and boast unrivalled bacteria killing properties - even at the lower temperatures achieved by some renewable heat sources.