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Podcast: The heat decarbonisation challenge – how smart software and computer-controlled  infrared technology can play a vital role

Decarbonising heat is a real challenge – but smart software and computer-controlled infrared technology can play a vital role in cutting emissions from buildings, says Oliver Baker, CEO of Ambion Heating.

Oliver recently spoke to future Net Zero’s Jonny Bairstow to explain how the company’s computer-controlled infrared (CCIR) heating system works and why he thought it could help support the journey to net zero by 2050.

Ambion’s CCIR panels are around the size of a radiator, are entirely powered by electricity and are an established and high-performance form of heating.

CCIR works by using processors and sensors that give it the unique ability to adapt to the environment it is operating in and optimise heat settings accordingly, as well as warming the materials in the room rather than the air.

In this way, the infrared saturates the building structure itself with energy so that it becomes a source of radiant heat – at the same time, a computer calculates the minimum amount of electricity that needs to be used to maintain a constant room temperature, adjusting pulse patterns on a constant, second-by-second basis.

Oliver said: “It may sound futuristic but it’s right here, right now – we’ve got 3,000 installed. It’s a combination of infrared, which people may not be familiar with but is a totally natural and proven energy source, with a proprietary computer-controlled system involving software and algorithms that we’ve developed to enhance the efficiency and energy performance of infrared in real situations.”

He highlighted that the combined technologies can save about 60% of the energy used compared to a conventional convective heating system, putting Ambion’s offering on a slightly better performance level as an air source heat pump.

In addition, its 24/7 operation can help balance shifts in demand and keep costs low, further cutting running costs down to a price similar to gas and in many cases, up to 25% lower than an air source heat pump.

To find out more you can get in touch with Ambion by emailing Business Development Manager, Adrian Weatherby [email protected]

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