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Mitsubishi Electric Heating Division Picks Up Sustainability Award for Ecodan Low Carbon Heating Product

Mitsubishi Electric’s unique low carbon heating system has secured recognition for its carbon saving potential at the Environmental and Sustainability Awards 2008.

The Ecodan™ air source heat pump system won The Environmental Energy Product / Service category with the judges praising Mitsubishi Electric for its far sightedness, saying that whilst air source technology was not new, the company had… “packaged Ecodan into a neat unit that could prove acceptable to the environmentally-savvy domestic user who want to do his/her bit to cut carbon emissions”.

John Kellett, the General Manager of Mitsubishi Electric’s Heating Division was delighted to secure the award and win the recognition for Ecodan over all other available forms of air source heat pump.

“The judges have acknowledged our efforts to provide households with a simple and straightforward way of achieving reliable heating and hot water whilst significantly reducing CO2 emissions,” he said.

“We believe Ecodan will continue to win over other alternatives to gas heating not only because of the simplicity of installation, but also because it offers fantastic savings in people’s fuel bills.”

Ecodan, which is the company’s first domestic heating product in the UK, runs off a normal domestic electric circuit and can be installed by a suitably qualified plumber who has been on the one-day accreditation course.  It doesn’t need CORGI and it doesn’t need F-Gas as the refrigerant circuit is self contained and factory sealed.

Ecodan is different from other heat pump systems because it has been designed specifically for the UK residential sector.  The ultra efficient low carbon heating system can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 35% (*) compared to a modern gas condensing boiler and can help new builds achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The average UK household produces over 5 tonnes of CO2 per year with space and water heating accounting for more than 73 per cent of this.  “One of the easiest ways of achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions would be through the greater use of heat pump technology which extracts free energy from the surrounding air,” added Mr Kellett.  “This energy that surrounds us is a key sustainable resource that doesn’t currently factor into many people’s thinking.”

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