Oil heating stays ahead of the game

In 2014, OFTEC helped secure a major win for the industry, challenging an EU standard which would have required oil heating appliances to meet NOx levels as low as 92mg/kWh by 2018. This level can only be achieved with a blue flame burner, such as this Riello RDB BLU, rather than the yellow flame burners currently in use

In 2014, OFTEC helped secure a major win for the industry, challenging an EU standard which would have required oil heating appliances to meet NOx levels as low as 92mg/kWh by 2018. This level can only be achieved with a blue flame burner, such as this Riello RDB BLU, rather than the yellow flame burners currently in use

Significant innovation means the oil heating industry should be ready to comply with the new lower NOx emission legislation on a range of appliances before the September 2018 deadline, says OFTEC.

New requirements on flue gas emissions, covered by the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive, state that from September 2018, NOx emissions from oil boilers must not exceed 120mg/kWh.

“Innovation throughout the oil heating industry remains strong,” says OFTEC CEO Paul Rose.

“The industry now has improved performance condensing boilers, better controls, wireless fuel monitoring and importantly, with the new ErP legislation looming, the development of low NOx burners and boilers.

“Manufacturers such as Riello and EOGB have risen to the challenge and not only produced burners which meet the new 2018 standards, but also developed models in anticipation of the next round of ErP regulations in 2022 which are expected to enforce even lower NOx levels. Although of course, how these standards affect the UK will be governed by our relationship with the EU in six years’ time.”

Riello has developed its RDB BX burner which allows for the recirculation of combustion gases within the flame tube, creating lower NOx and CO emissions and, ahead of time, has also produced the RDB BLU, a blue flame burner which meets the more stringent NOx levels expected in 2022.

UK burner distributor and manufacturer EOGB has a range of commercial burners meeting the new targets and has also developed a fully modulating low NOx blue flame burner for domestic applications with an operating range of 10-30Kw, which will be officially launched next year. The new burner is likely to already meet more challenging NOx reduction levels expected in 2022.

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