A GLOBAL leader in the manufacturing, marketing and sales of heat pumps has fuelled a relationship with Sunderland College after presenting a seminar for industry leaders, in line with the government’s recently announced Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Sunderland College played host to Mitsubishi Electric’s seminar for key players in the renewable industry on Tuesday (April 15) at Hylton Campus to highlight the integral role that the market-leading Ecodan heat pump system has to play in helping to achieve a sustainable future.
On April 09, the government announced its domestic RHI scheme, a financial incentive designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating among domestic consumers. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid and those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions. The scheme covers single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders.
The all-day event saw representatives from Mitsubishi Electric, including Stewart Thompson, regional sales manager, take to the stage to showcase real world examples of projects that are using existing renewable technologies to both improve energy performance and lower carbon emission. The event was attended by more than 50 delegates from across 15 UK-based businesses, including Homes for Northumberland and Gentoo.
Sunderland College has an award winning Renewable Energy Centre that is at the forefront of low carbon and environmentally friendly industry training.
Cameron Ross, plumbing, gas and renewable energy lecturer at Sunderland College believes the event was a great opportunity to network with some of the region’s leading businesses to forge new partnerships.
He said: “Mitsubishi Electric is a globally respected company and as a college, our presence and involvement in events like this represents an excellent chance for us to share success, up skill and hopefully build links with key industry players who can help further our vision of being a college that is right at the cutting edge.
“I’m delighted Mitsubishi Electric chose to hold its first regional seminar at Sunderland College, and I look forward to sustaining the relationship with future events.”
Stewart Thompson, who was put in touch with Sunderland College through a former college lecturer and Npower employee, said: “I’m thrilled to have been able to bring the seminar to Sunderland College for the first time. The region truly is a hot bed for renewable energy companies and it was great to see so many well-known businesses interested in learning about our services on the day.
“The announcement on the Renewable Heat Incentive has come at an opportune time and will help to increase demand for straightforward alternatives to traditional heating which is where heat pumps can really make a difference.
“The team at Sunderland College has been fantastic in helping to spread the word and I hope this is the start of a long working relationship.”
Mitsubishi Electric has set up a dedicated website to provide information on heat pumps, including a simple calculator which highlights the financial and emissions benefits available to most homeowners.
For further details visit: http://heating.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/ecodanselectiontool.