Major Grant R&D breakthrough to reduce carbon emissions

Grant continues to drive focus on sustainability and zero carbon to heat Irish properties...

Grant founder, Stephen Grant.

Following the launch of its Integrated Heating Packages, which are helping new build properties to benefit from a highly efficient, complete heating solution, Grant has announced a major R&D breakthrough that will help prevent Irish property owners from incurring the high cost and disruption associated with deep retrofitting.

Representing an investment of over €250,000, Grant has pioneered a major R&D breakthrough that could help reduce carbon emissions in rural and hard-to-heat properties by using its biofuel-compatible Vortex technology. Over the past six years the Grant R&D team has worked with third level institutions, industry partners and renewable fuel producers, focusing on more sustainable and carbon- saving fuels and innovating its boilers to be biofuel compatible.

Commenting on the R&D project, founder Stephen Grant said, “The breakthrough came during testing and field trialling, with boilers successfully using 100% biofuel known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). HVO feedstocks are generally rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, certified sustainable palm oil and non-food oils such as jatropha oil and algae oil as well as waste animal fats. The use of 100% HVO can result in around 88% reduction in carbon emissions, and using this or a percentage blend of HVO with kerosene, will enable rural and hard-to-heat Irish properties to transition to a renewable green alternative from 100% kerosene at an affordable cost, with minimum disruption to everyday home lives.”

Biofuel-compatible Grant Vortex range. *depending on biofuel and % blend.

While HVO is a relatively new fuel to Ireland, distributors on the island currently include Nicholl Oil in Carryduff, Co. Down and Inver Energy in Blackpool, Co. Cork. One very important benefit of HVO to the Irish construction industry is that plumbers, builders and relevant trades can continue to focus on developing new houses in large numbers without being diverted to slow and costly deep retrofitting projects.

For those upgrading a heating system, all new Grant condensing boilers are future-proofed to use HVO through making a slight modification to the boiler, such as adapting the size of the fuel injector nozzle, fuel pump pressure and blast tube. Older Grant condensing boilers can also now be adapted to HVO, but this may require a new biofuel burner that is matched with the specific boiler.

For those working on new build properties where a heat pump is the preferred choice of main heat source, consider Grant’s integrated heating packages for new builds. Grant’s bespoke heating packages are comprised of Grant’s innovative heating technologies that work together seamlessly.

Typical Grant 6kW Integrated Heating Package.

Designed, sized and specified by the Grant technical team, free of charge and with ease of installation in mind, each package helps the new build to achieve compliance, whilst benefitting from the high efficiencies for which Grant heating technologies are renowned.

Typically, a Grant integrated heating package includes a main heat source, hot water storage system and heat emitters. Grant smart heating controls are also available and can be included within each package. The combination of technologies included with each heating package has been proven to improve the overall efficiency of a new build property, therefore enabling savings to be made on annual heating bills.

Contact the Grant Technical Team:
T: 0800 044 3261 (NI)
T: 057 912 6968 (ROI)
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