ELECTRIC DREAMS G
as heating has always taken preference over electric heating in the UK market and there are obvious reasons for this. As a rule gas is considered a cheaper
method of heating a property due to the way that we generate electricity in this country. In the past electric solutions were also often seen as horribly inefficient and rather unsightly.
Though gas continues to dominate, electric heating is steadily gaining in popularity and increasing numbers are taking note of the technological and design advancements made over the last few years. For some the flexibility an electric system offers and the way it can be programmed to create varied temperate zones is a significant attraction.
What is particularly intriguing is that
government plans to decarbonise power generation may massively broaden the appeal of electric heating for end users. If the government manages to get anywhere near its ambitious renewable energy targets electric heating will begin to look more cost effective, and therefore enticing, to homeowners and industry. I recently attended an event featuring a keynote speech from Dr David Clarke of the Energy Technology Institute (ETI). Dr
Though it would be a massive
undertaking to switch the majority of the population over to electric heating systems, the phasing in of ‘new nuclear power’ and to a lesser degree the introduction of more wind farms, hydropower facilities and photovoltaic installations could make it an irresistible proposition. Another significant advantage is compatibility with renewable technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal water heating.
Full scale adoption is clearly some way
off yet but ongoing concerns over gas stocks and rising prices could accelerate the take up of electric systems. As interest in modern electric heating grows contractors are likely to experience a noticeable increase in the queries relating to alternative heating methods - those who are in a position to provide the answers will be ahead of the pack when the big switch over eventually and inevitably happens.
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MOVERS & SHAKERS
Clarke spoke at length about the changes to the energy usage landscape that we can expect to see between now and 2050 and one of the noticeable changes was the predicted switch from gas heating to electric heating.
Wiska UK has announced that John McCarthy has joined the company to help develop its sales in the UK. John has many years of experience in the market and was previously employed as UK sales manager for REL and prior to that Thorsman and Adaptaflex.
Ellis Patents has appointed Paul Nolan as its new UK sales manager. Paul, who will be working alongside
current UK sales manager, Stephen Crawley until his retirement in 2012, has worked in the electrical sector since joining Vantrunk Engineering as a sales coordinator back in 1983. Since then he has held sales positions with several industry renowned names, including Cablofil, Mita and Thorn Lighting.
Borri has announced the appointment of new managing director Ian Tucker. Ian has taken over the reins from Mike Rea, a position he had held since 1994. With over 13 years’ experience within the business, Ian has extensive industry and product knowledge and is extremely well placed to continue to build on the company’s solid foundations.
Harvard has appointed a new business development manager to its growing sales team, John Charles.
John has over 27 years’ experience working on local authority lighting and
communications systems. He has also been responsible for implementing a number of international lighting design projects in the US, South Africa and Australia, as well as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Terminal 5 in the UK.
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has strengthened its operations with two new appointments. Gary Edgar has been appointed as operations director for London and South East. He joins the company from NG Bailey.
Mark Lewis has been appointed
as regional director for the Projects division in the South. He joins BBES from Carillion Projects Group and brings over 30 years’ experience in the M&E construction industry.
As part of its ongoing growth and business development Vent-Axia has appointed Peter Love as technical sales specialist responsible for the industrial air handling and air movement side of the company’s business.
C-Tec has appointed Phil Walford as its new technical account manager for the South East.
Phil is exceptionally well qualified for
the role which will involve supporting C-Tec’s existing customers, developing new business and consolidating key accounts in the South East.
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