Renewables Integration – Towards Zero Carbon

Low energy, efficient electric heating is the future

The electrification of heat, power & transport is a global mega-trend. Governments plan to dispense with fossil fuels by 2100, many setting their green targets much closer.  Fossil fuels simply can’t compete with clean, efficient and distributed energy sources.  The future is electric and we’re at the forefront of this transition.

Whilst climate policy and subsidy support have driven the growth in renewable electricity over the last decade, growth is now driven by sound economics. In real-terms, utility-scale wind and solar are cheaper than coal & nuclear generation, and likely to be cheaper than gas by the end of this decade.

Over 70% of UK household energy usage is for heating, making it by far the largest household energy expense. There has already been a significant reduction in energy through energy-saving lighting and household appliances and the focus has now changed to heating. Gas is no longer a long-term option. The Netherlands have already announced the closure of their gas supply by 2030, the biggest change in our energy use is happening….

What are my Options?

As gas is unlikely to be a long-term option, households will have to be heated by sustainable electric heating. SAP10 proposals will make this even more compelling.  CO2 free Herschel heaters

  • Traditional electric heating, such as convector heaters and night storage, waste too much energy as they heat the air;
  • Electric underfloor heating is an attractive option but is too costly to run and lacks controllability;
  • The only efficient solution is Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) or Herschel infrared.  Infrared cannot beat the theoretical efficiency of ASHP however ASHPs are central units and so suffer similar drawbacks to boiler-based central heating in that it cannot be effectively zoned. For many, it is completely impractical due to the high cost of install, ongoing maintenance, the noise and space requirement and it may struggle to provide sufficient heat in the depths of winter.

Herschel offers an unbeatable combination of efficiency, practicality and payback and is the ideal system to run alongside renewables.

How does Herschel integrate with Renewable Energy?

There is an increasing number of Energy Suppliers who offer 100% renewable electricity at competitive rates. By choosing one of these providers, you will be running your Herschel system on a completely carbon free and sustainable basis.


If you are able to add your own on-site generation, such as solar PV, with the right system you will be able to self use some of your electricity generated to offset your energy bill.

Fitting solar panels to your roof fixes the cost of electricity at 8-12p for the next 25 years, already cheaper than the grid.  Both infrared and solar are relatively simple to design and install, have ultra-low maintenance requirements (infrared is solid state with no moving parts so zero maintenance) and enjoy a long operational life.


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What else can I do to reduce my heating bills and carbon footprint?

It’s a simple fact that the more you do to reduce the heat loss in your house, the less energy you use to heat it. Current Building Regulations result in heat load requirements, using energy efficient Herschel heating, of just 15-20W/m3. Move as far as PassivHaus standard, and heat loads of just 6-8W/m3 of Herschel Infrared apply.

Converging great building design with Herschel Infrared and on-site renewables delivers a low carbon solution.  The increasing availability of lower cost battery storage units moves onsite energy systems towards zero carbon.

If you’re looking for a future-proof, low-carbon heating system, don’t spend all your budget on an expensive heating system such as Air or Ground Source Heat Pumps. Instead, choose Herschel, which will allow you to allocate more of your budget to reducing the heat loss of your home and consider investing in on-site renewables.

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Join us!

We’re really passionate about creating a greener and sustainable future. And we’re not the only ones…. Take a look at our case studies below and find out how our heating is used in conjunction with renewables.

Keen to find out more? Talk to Andy Baird who heads up our Renewables Integration Team. Andy has a proven track record in clean electricity and renewables and is recognised as one of the key influencers of Northern Ireland’s solar industry.  Committed to helping consumers and businesses lessen their environmental impact with sustainable and efficient technologies, Andy firmly believes that Herschel has a key part to play in enabling this transition.

Email Andrew Baird  Phone:+44 (0)7739 798892    Find out more from Andy on how we can move towards ZERO carbon.

Director of Renewables Integration

Cost Neutral

Full house Infrared and Solar PV

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Eco Self Build

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Sustainable Factory

Saving CO2 emissions

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Infrared and solar renovation

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