Switch2 Energy, a leading provider of district and community heating solutions, has this week been honoured with two prestigious awards.
The Shipley-based company’s innovative ICON connected heat interface unit was named ‘Domestic Heating Product of the Year’ at the HVR Awards, recognising exceptional performance and customer satisfaction delivered by the unit in homes across the UK.
Similar to traditional domestic gas combi boilers, the connected HIU product transfers heat from the network’s central plant room directly into home systems. The ICON Unit is electronically controlled and remotely connected using 5G (NB-IoT/CAT-M) and Amazon IoT , allowing for monitoring, adjustments and maintenance to be carried out remotely – improving the efficiency of the network as a whole, reducing maintenance cost and increasing reliability.
In addition to this product recognition, Ian Allan, Head of Market Strategy at Switch2, was awarded ‘Energy Champion of the Year – Individual Achievement’ at the Energy Awards.
The national award celebrates exceptional individuals who have made a significant impact on the energy industry. It serves as a recognition of Allan’s contributions to advancing innovation in the heat network sector through digital technologies while keeping a focus on customer experience.
Having worked in the heat networks for over 30 years, Allan has advised the Government on regulation and helped to shape policy in the sector through work with The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and Heat Trust.
Ian Allan is an authority on smart metering, data management and billing systems, and is responsible for designing and developing Switch2’s award-winning ICON Unit.
Richard Harrison, CEO of Switch2 Energy said:
“We are hugely proud to have won this award for our ICON Heat Interface Unit. To have our product recognised in this way reinforces our aim to drive innovation and efficiency in the sector and continue to deliver user-friendly solutions in the transition to net zero”.
“It is also fantastic to see Ian recognised once again for the impact he has had on the sector. Given his knowledge and commitment to shaping a net-zero future through customer-centric technology, he is hugely deserving of the award and title of ‘Energy Champion’.
For more information about Switch2 Energy, please visit www.switch2.co.uk.