From this spring, householders can benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a world first financial support scheme for renewable heat that has been up and running for the non-domestic sector since November 2011.

Designed to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in homes across Great Britain, RHI intends to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies, help cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills. The RHI provides financial support to participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy such as; GSHP, ASHP, biomass boilers and PV thermal panels to heat their homes. All domestic RHI installations are to be carried out by Microgeneration Certificate Scheme (MCS) installers with householders being reimbursed up to £230 per year for the cost of the meter installation over the seven years of RHI payments.

Where certain trigger points are met, the domestic RHI will require a heat meter to be installed.  The new zelsius® C5 range of heat meters from Minol will be able to cover all applications with a variety of technologies available.

“Installing a heat meter that is MID Class 3 or higher is critical, the RHI claim will not be processed without meeting this standard as a minimum.”

The zelsius® C5 range consists of three meters; IUF which is compact ultrasonic technology that conforms to MID Class 2 in any orientation, CFM which is a coaxial multi-jet principle designed to be flexible and economical that conforms MID Class 3, and the ISF which is a compact mount single-jet design which also achieves MID Class 3.

“The new zelsius® C5 IUF MID Class 2 uses the latest trouble free ultrasonic technology”

The static ultrasonic technology is resistant to debris, stable over the long service life and unlike other heat meters the zelsius® C5 IUF can handle temperatures up to +130°C and is also reliable for very low volume flow rates. The energy calculator is removable and has a large, legible display. With Innovative features, different operational statuses can be identified quickly. Device and consumption data, such as due-date values, maximum values or the saved readings for the last 24 months, can be interrogated at the touch of a button, allowing rapid collation of heat consumption data recordings.

Confined spaces on domestic RHI installations will be very common, so meter size and technology has a critical part to play in the choice of meter selected. The zelsius® C5 IUF ultrasonic heat meters correspond to the design and connection dimensions of DIN EN 1434 and does not require any straight lengths of pipe, with a height of just 54mm (taken from the center of the pipe) these meters can be installed and serviced on the most demanding systems.

An MCS installer will fit an advanced set of meters to the new heating system so that the householder and installer will be able to view measured data from their system remotely. Bell Flow systems have been dealing with non-domestic RHI since the outset and can provide all of the required elements and meters including those with GPRS or Wifi technology. Minol also carry a range of larger heat meters if required.

Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister said: “Investing for the long term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. Domestic RHI is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kits in our homes”.

The combination of modern measuring technology, compact design and versatile optional communication interfaces, the zelsius® C5 range of heat meters guarantee cost effectiveness and ecological efficiency in consumer data recording. The zelsius® C5 range of domestic RHI compliant heat meters are available exclusively from Bell Flow Systems Ltd, a Flowmax Group company.


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