Our parent company, Certas Energy have been working on a project to demonstrate liquid renewable fuels for domestic off grid home heating across Scotland and the rest of the UK. The project is in collaboration with participants from all sectors of the liquid fuel heating industry and 16 other fuel distributors. It s being led by trade associations UKIFDA on the fuel distribution side, and OFTEC on the side of equipment manufacturers and training providers.
We are collectively committing to convert 200 domestic off grid homes and business across Scotland and the rest of the UK from oil fuel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) which is a renewable, fossil free fuel source. HVO is certified as sustainable by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). It is derived from waste cooking oil, fats and greases.
Our latest project follows an initial trial last year which successfully demonstrated the technical use of hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a replacement for domestic kerosene, across 20 homes spanning Scotland and England .
The second phase of the project will launch to a wider number of properties in more geographic locations across the country. It will see them benefit from up to a 90% reduction in carbon emissions, with minimal changes to their boiler and storage tank at a cost of around £500, taking less than an hour to complete. OFTEC registered heating technicians will carry out regular checks on the appliances to monitor performance. It will allow the industry to test, for the first time, the logistics of a potential bigger transition in the future of 1.7 million properties to renewable liquid fuels.
OFTEC and UKIFDA are providing regular updates on the new fuel through the information website www.futurereadyfuel.info