London-based energy technology firm Heat Wayv has unveiled what is claimed to be the world’s first microwave-powered boiler.
The so-called Heat Wayv One offering is a smart Internet of Things (IoT) appliance that uses microwaves to heat up water.
Controlled using a smartphone app, it can be fitted on any interior wall of a house in less than a day, operates almost silently and is promised to supply hot water and heating on-demand for any home that currently has conventional gas boilers.
The firm has listed two products on its website at an undisclosed price, with one, the size of a standard single double-height kitchen unit, designed for larger households.
The company said the microwave boilers create zero greenhouse gas emissions while in use and have the potential of removing up to 14% of the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions.
The announcement follows the current legislation that sets a target of all gas boilers being phased out completely by 2038.
Last year, the Climate Change Committee recommended that from 2025, all new-build homes will need to feature low carbon heating and said no new gas boilers should be installed after 2030.
Speaking to ELN Paul Atherton, Co-Founder of Heat Wayv, said: “As we start to move away from gas boilers, it is so important to have a wide range of space and hot water heating options available to consumers.
“The plus with our microwave boiler is that it is the closest like for like change option to a gas boiler and with no changes to radiators or other pre-installed heat distribution systems it is simple and cost-effective to install.
“On top of this, it will also play a major part in helping the UK meet its net zero goals. Microwave technology only uses electricity to power its operation, this means that it offers a clean zero-carbon in use alternative to existing boilers, and will go a long way to help in cutting 24% of household carbon dioxide emissions, whilst simultaneously also eliminating the risk of potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.”