Green Heating Efficient natural gas heating systems contribute to environment protection
Natural gas is the most widely used fuel in Germany to heat homes and water. 75% of the natural gas consumed in Germany is used for these purposes. Around 19 million homes in Germany are heated with gas. Natural gas conveniently flows right to your home, so there’s no need for huge oil tank that needs regular filling up. Natural gas heating systems can be quickly and easily installed in older buildings.
They also provide a more efficient option in buildings where insulation or significant renovation is prohibitively expensive. Natural gas not only offers the most economically efficient solution, but also is the most environmentally friendly heating option, particularly when combined with solar power. The use of heating technology provides the most cost-effective way of reducing CO2 emissions.
Natural gas: The answer behind new energy saving innovations Natural gas burns with much fewer CO2 emissions
Natural gas heating systems are efficient and effective, and are also much more environmentally friendly than oil heating systems or coal stoves, as they emit much less carbon dioxide.
Moreover, a significant proportion of natural gas is made from reusing waste to create biogas. Biogas, generated from fermenting biomass, can be fed into the German gas grid once it has been treated. This initiative reduces the strain on the environment even further by making use of what would otherwise be a waste product.
Natural gas boilers also minimise environmental impact and reduce heating costs due to their fantastic efficiency, which reduces emissions and heating costs. Condensing boilers use waste heat generated as a by-product of the traditional heating process to maximise the potential energy content (or calorific value) of the natural gas.
The technology, which is now widespread in Europe, achieves 95% efficiency. In contrast to conventional boilers, the additional heat in the steam released by burning hydrogen is extracted by condensing it into liquid water and recovering its latent heat.
A perfect partnership: natural gas and heat pumps
Gas Absorption Heat Pump (GAHP) extract heat from the air and ground using a heat exchange cycle, which is powered by natural gas. Natural gas is burned to create a compressor, which raises the pressure and temperature of the mixture of water and cooling agent in order maximise the extraction of heat from the air. Additionally, the process drives out water from the solid material, called zeolite, to keep the cycle going. GAHPs are extremely efficient and their CO2 emissions are up to 30% less than conventional heating systems.
The website www.moderne-heizung.de by Zukunft Erdgas e.V. offers a wealth of information and practical tips for consumers on all sorts of questions relating to the modernization of heating systems.
WINGAS promotes environmentally friendly micro CHP units (combined heat and power)
In addition to the innovation of condensing boilers and gas heat pumps, micro-CHP units are also increasingly popular. CHP Units are small plants that produce electricity through traditional combined heat and power, but also use the heat generated by the process (and normally wasted) for heating. Consequently, they have an efficiency rate of more than 90% and are environmentally friendly.
Their CO2 emissions are 30% less than what would be the result of separately generating the equivalent electricity heat.
Here at WINGAS we’re part of the energy revolution. We offer utilities our “CHP Partner Bonus”. In this programme providers can market micro-CHP units to end consumers as contracting services. In return, WINGAS will refund the cost of installing the devices and provide a full maintenance service for two years.