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MCS at a glance


The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an independent scheme that certifies microgeneration products and installers in accordance with consistent standards. It is designed to evaluate microgeneration products and installers against robust criteria, providing greater protection for consumers. The MCS is the only certification scheme to cover


all microgeneration products and services, and has support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), industry and non-governmental groups, as a prime method for making a substantial contribution to cutting both the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions. The MCS gives consumers the guarantee that


certificated microgeneration products and the installers of those products have conformed to a rigorous set of standards. To qualify for financial incentives such as Clean Energy Cashbacks, both the microgeneration product and the installer must carry the MCS mark.


Fire alarm Wessex began work in October 2008 and finished in March 2010. The extended project duration was down to a fire that swept through the upper section of the hotel in January 2009, at the final stage of the original works. Such was the extent of the damage that after waiting


Power points: Wessex specified a Baxi-SenerTec Dachs 5.5kW Mini CHP (Combined Heat and Power) unit (below, left)


for the insurance assessors to file their reports, whole sections of the completed works had to be replaced while other systems had to be dismantled, tested and reinstalled. This was a particular challenge for all concerned


with the project, and Mortimer comments: ‘At the time the fire took place, most of the installation had been completed, so it quite demoralising to see so much quality workmanship ruined. However, we all had to dust ourselves down and do what was necessary to get everything back on track.’


The generation game After working with the project consultant to source the products that best suited the environmental criteria laid out by the owners of The Green House, Wessex specified and installed a Baxi-SenerTec Dachs 5.5kW Mini CHP unit. CHP is the simultaneous generation of electricity and


The Green House has extended an environmental philosophy throughout every aspect of its operation


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heat close to the point of use. By locating CHP equipment in or close to a building, the electricity generated and the heat produced can be used with no energy wastage, and can deliver carbon savings of 20-30 per cent. The Baxi CHP unit works alongside the fully condensing


boiler. It is a natural gas-fired unit, giving a 12.5-15.5kW heating output and a 5.5kW three phase electrical output. The integral controller offers simple, user-friendly operation and is programmed to provide full sequence control of up to 10 multiple units. An integrated modem allows remote performance monitoring and service notification, while the separate buffer vessel increases


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