An Energy Cabin that is truly Energy Smart?

Well, simply, it looks to be the case.

Energy Cabins are self contained heating systems that combine solar energy with wood pellet technology for total central heating for any building.

What looks great is that these are plug-and-play, capable of being part of a new design or back-fitted into existing structures and existing heating sytems to radically change a building’s energy use.

They are easily connected to any existing heating system (eg radiators, under floor heating etc.) can completely replace traditional boilers.

Next time replacing a heating system, perhaps this should be in line. 

Each cabin is fitted with a solar thermal system which can provide you with free hot water for six months of the year. Inside an automated pellet boiler and heat store are fitted which provide central heating all year round and hot water in winter.

What is interesting here — no shoveling coal at 3 am on a cold winter night.

Interestingly, the Energy Cabin might be best suitable not for the individual home owner but institutions.  For example, lets look at a Case study of a hotel in Ireland, a 67-room hotel:

Before:  LPG boilers; over 2 million kwh/year; and over 100,000 pounds annually of heating costs.

After:  450 KW capacity wood pellet boilers and 80 m2 of solar panels with a heat pump recoverery system; 360 tons/wood pellets/year with a 640 kwh reduction in power use; savings of 45,000 pounds per year giving a seven year payback period with 550 t C02/year reduction in emissions.

Here   is a table with claims as to Energy Cabin’s financial savings in eight scenarios ranging from a single home to a hospital.

For those who expect price lists, Energy Cabin’s brochure might be problemmatic but it does contain a lot of information. 

Well, as for the Energy Cabin … works … certainly seems so based on the case studies on their site …  And it looks to be the type of thing that could be rapidly deployed (along with energy efficiency) to radically change existing infrastructure’s Co2 emissions’ footprint.


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