Belfast Telegraph

GrantNI has fire in its belly after scooping awards for eco-boiler

By Audrey Watson

Heating company GrantNI has won two major awards at this year's Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show.

The firm, which was formed almost 40 years ago and employs more than 250 people throughout Ireland, received the accolades after showcasing its latest innovation, the Vecta condensing wood pellet boiler, which will be available for purchase here later this year.

The Vecta (a small and compact wood pellet boiler for homeowners looking to make the switch to renewable fuels but who may not have the room for a regular size installation) was awarded the titles of Best Overall Product in Show and Best Renewable Product at the event, held at the RDS in Dublin on March 25 and 26.

As one of the most progressive manufacturers of heating systems in the United Kingdom, GrantNI has always been at the forefront of modern technology in their product design, according to manager Mark Eccles.

He added: "Demand for energy-efficient boilers in Northern Ireland has grown significantly over the years, and Grant NI has been able to deliver sustainable, efficient and cost-effective boilers that address the specific needs of our customer base.

"People are becoming more and more aware of the importance of green and sustainable energy, and what started as a trickle of interest has now turned into a stream of sales.

"This is being further boosted by the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive, which can provide an initial payment to homeowners of up to £2,500, followed by an average of £700 per year for up to seven years thereafter.

"In addition, Grant NI has also recently launched the Grant Eco-Scheme, which allows commercial and domestic customers to apply for a £1,500 one-off payment to put towards the cost of installing a Grant Spira wood pellet boiler."

The first products manufactured by the company in the 1970s included a twin-pass back boiler, which successfully doubled the heat exchanger surface area and also delivered a high output for home users.

This innovation later led to the production of Grant's first patentable back boiler, the Triple Pass Back Boiler, which remains the most efficient solid fuel open fire product on the market today.

In 2008, and anticipating the growing interest in renewables, GrantNI developed and released the company's first renewable heating appliances - a range of solar thermal products including Grant solar panels.

Offering up to 70% savings on annual domestic water heating bills, the Grant solar system offers the most efficient solar panels on the market.

Following further years of research and development, in 2011, the company launched its first wood pellet boiler - the revolutionary Spira.

The Spira was the first condensing wood pellet boiler in Europe, and was also awarded Best Renewable Energy Product following its launch at the 2011 SEAI Energy Show.

Stephen Grant, the founder of Grant Engineering, said the company was extremely happy with its recent awards.

"We are delighted to have won this award for the second time at the SEAI Show," he added. "In recent years, our core focus as a company has been to provide eco-friendly solutions to the problem of rising energy costs and CO2 emissions in the hope that we can provide a greener future for generations to come."

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