HeatSeekers vehicles hit the road with UK insulation targets in their sights
Monday 20th October 2008
A revolutionary new energy efficiency detecting system with a fleet of bespoke vehicles is set to hit the road.
The unique new HeatSeekers vehicle – developed and mobilised by the Energy Saving Partnership – has the ability to assess over 1,000 properties an hour by automatically detecting and determining the insulation condition of a property. Operating at night, during the heating season, the thermal-imaging technology inside a specially adapted vehicle determines the address of each property and produces an energy efficiency verdict which is attached to a thermal image.
Once the property has been scanned, a dedicated team of Energy Advisers will visit householders to show them the thermal image scan of their homes. The advisers will explain the results and how the householder can take action to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint.
From this month a fleet of HeatSeekers vehicles will be out on the road surveying the UK regions. With its operational capacities, a single HeatSeekers vehicle will be able to survey all of the properties and their insulation needs for a city the size of Leeds, within one month.
Bill Rumble, inventor of the HeatSeekers system, said: “The HeatSeekers thermal imaging vehicle has already created quite a buzz in the sector and we are delighted to see it in action.
“It’s a revolutionary, cutting edge piece of kit which we decided to register a patent on.
“The technology inside the vehicle has the capacity to provide illuminating energy efficiency data on millions of homes across the country. Given the volume of data it can collate, we see the Heatseeker vehicle as one of the key front-line weapons in the battle against climate change and playing an integral role in the plans to make UK homes more energy efficient.”
The HeatSeekers unit also offers organisations like Local Authorities and Housing Associations a unique opportunity to record in large volumes the energy efficiency standards of its housing stock. Authorities can also access a web-based reporting system to find out about the progress of HeatSeekers surveying activity in their area.
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