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The consumer area of this website
is to help those wanting to purchase
an MCS certified product or find an
MCS certified installation company.

Microgeneration Technologies

MCS covers the following renewable or low-carbon technologies:

An Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) is a system which absorbs heat from the outside air and turns this into useful heat energy for space heating and domestic hot water. This can be in the form of air to air (providing heated air for space heating) or air to water (providing heated water for space heating and/or domestic hot water).

Please note that heat pump installations commissioned on or after 26/03/2016 must comply with new MCS product requirements aligning the scheme with the Energy related Products Directive. For further information click here.

A Biomass product designed to burn biofuel in order to produce heat for space heating and/or domestic hot water. MCS covers biomass products designed and tested to burn solid biofuels only.

An Exhaust Air Source Heat Pump (EAHP) is a system which absorbs heat from the waste air (or exhaust air) leaving a building. Heat is extracted from the Exhaust air and is upgraded into useful heat energy for space heating and domestic hot water. As heat pumps do not create heat, EAHPs primarily rely on other heat inputs to a building such as heat gains from internal equipment /occupants or from an auxiliary form of heat energy into the building. Therefore they are applicable for very low heat loss applications. A very small proportion of heat is provided by the outside air itself similar to an air source heat pump. This type of heat pump requires a certain air exchange rate to maintain its output power.

Please note that heat pump installations commissioned on or after 26/03/2016 must comply with new MCS product requirements aligning the scheme with the Energy related Products Directive. For further information click here.

 A Gas Absorption Heat Pump (GAHP) is a system which use gas to drive the heat transfer process using the partial pressures of two different chemicals at low pressure (rather than an electric driven compressor operating at high pressure which is used in most heat pumps). It requires a gas or LPG supply. In all other senses these systems operate like any other heat pump, absorbing heat from the outside air, ground or water source and turning this into useful heat energy for space heating and domestic hot water. This can be in the form of air to air (providing heated air for space heating) or air to water (providing heated water for space heating and/or domestic hot water).

Please note that heat pump installations commissioned on or after 26/03/2016 must comply with new MCS product requirements aligning the scheme with the Energy related Products Directive. For further information click here.

A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) is a unit which absorbs heat either directly or indirectly from the ground by extracting & re-injecting water from an aquifer (direct) or by using a ground heat exchanger (in-direct) which is usually a closed loop of pipework buried within the ground (vertically or horizontally) conveying a water/antifreeze mixture as the heat transfer medium .. It upgrades this low temperature heat into useful higher temperature heat energy for space heating and domestic hot water. This can be in the form of ground/water to air (providing heated air for space heating) or ground/air to water (providing heated water for space heating and / or domestic hot water).

Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHP) extract the heat from open water courses such as rivers, lakes and canals and can also extract water from sea water.

Please note that heat pump installations commissioned on or after 26/03/2016 must comply with new MCS product requirements aligning the scheme with the Energy related Products Directive. For further information click here.

Micro Combined Heat and Power (Micro CHP) is a product which can generate heat and electricity simultaneously and from the same energy source. Micro CHP can be heat led (heat is the main output) or electricity led (electricity is the main output). For a heat led unit, a typical ratio is about 6:1 (heat to electricity) for domestic appliances.

Pitched Roof Mounting Kits are used to ensure Solar PV Modules and Solar Collectors are secured when installed on a pitched roof. The mounting kits have been tested for weather tightness, fire spread and wind uplifts.

A Solar Assisted Heat Pump (SAHP) is a system which absorbs atmospheric heat (e.g via an external absorber) and turns this into useful heat energy for domestic hot water. An external absorber acts as an evaporator and utilises the heat in the atmosphere as well as direct solar radiation. Generally the absorber will be placed externally however in some cases may be placed internally. At present MCS only covers SAHPs which provide domestic hot water however it is possible this may change to include space heating in the future.

Please note that heat pump installations commissioned on or after 26/03/2016 must comply with new MCS product requirements aligning the scheme with the Energy related Products Directive. For further information click here.

A Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) module absorbs and converts sunlight into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Solar PV modules are supplied as a sealed unit with a specific voltage and wattage rating. Solar PV modules have to be combined in a system with other components (including an inverter, wiring and roof mounting kit) to provide electricity for a building.

As interest grows in the role that battery storage can play in improving the performance of solar PV systems by capturing any surplus electricity generated (allowing consumers to store solar electricity for use later in the day), the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) along with BRE’s National Solar Centre (NSC) have drawn up some guidance for installers and consumers.

In the absence of formal standards, you are able to find some useful information below about how battery storage can work alongside a solar PV system, whether retro-fitted to an existing installation or fitted as part of a new installation, along with RECC and NSC consumer guidance.

Please speak to your installer for further information.

A Solar Thermal collector absorbs sunlight to heat a liquid which can be used for domestic hot water. In some cases Solar Thermal is used for space heating or other uses however it is most often used for domestic hot water.

A Wind Turbine converts kinetic energy from the wind into electrical power. There are two main types of wind turbine; Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) and Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT). HAWTs have the main rotor shaft and electrical generator at the top of a tower, and must be pointed into the wind. VAWTs have the main rotor shaft arranged vertically and do not need to be pointed in to the wind to work.

This website can help you find a certificated installation company or find a certified product for any of the above technologies. If you would like to find out more about a particular technology, its suitability for your home or likely output the Energy Saving Trust (EST) website has a very comprehensive guide. The table below is a list of quick links to help you access the information you need:

Technology EST Page Additional Tools
All technologies n/a Home energy selector tool
Wind Energy General information     Wind speed prediction tool
Solar Thermal Hot Water General information n/a
Ground Source Heat Pumps       General information       n/a
Air Source Heat Pumps General information n/a
Biomass General information n/a
Solar Photovoltaic General information n/a
Micro-CHP General information n/a

 
Please note that heat pump installations commissioned on or after 26/03/2016 must comply with new MCS product requirements aligning the scheme with the Energy related Products Directive. For further information click here.