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Windhager achieves MCS certification for biomass heating

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19. January 2010

Windhager UK has become the first biomass heating company to successfully achieve certification for its full range of wood pellet boilers and log gasification boilers under the Government-backed Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), with HETAS as their chosen accreditation body.

MCS is designed to build consumer confidence in the growing sector of microgeneration technologies by ensuring installation companies and products meet robust standards.

The government backed scheme will certificate both products and installers for renewable technologies including biomass, wind, solar thermal, heat pump and solar photovoltaic. By using MCS approved products and installers, consumers will be able to access grants towards the cost of installing renewable technologies.
The rigorous requirements of the scheme in analysing Windhager’s Austrian factory production, quality management and test facilities are a testament to the high standards and quality that has been the foundation of Windhager’s success in the biomass sector.

Commenting on the achievement Oliver Duckworth, Director of Windhager UK said, “This has been a great step for Windhager UK and its future strategy in the growing UK biomass market. Windhager has built an enviable reputation in Europe for quality, reliability and customer service and the MCS accreditation reflects Windhager’s commitment to UK customers and specifiers.”

HETAS itself successfully achieved UKAS accreditation to carry out biomass appliance certification under the new Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Chief Executive of HETAS, Bruce Allen said, “This is very significant for HETAS, and means we are now accepting applications for appliance approval, and can issue certificates for manufacturers.”

HETAS already operates an appliance approvals scheme, with over 400 appliances and chimney systems listed in the HETAS Guide. The guide also provides essential information on efficiencies for building regulations, and advice on selecting good quality fuel.

HETAS has also applied to run a Microgeneration Certification Scheme for installers, which will operate alongside its existing competent persons scheme for biomass and solid fuel. This means installers can access the HETAS competent persons self-certification scheme and MCS scheme through one organisation.  

Windhager UK will be exhibiting on the Austrian Pavilion at Ecobuild this year.

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