Photo: James, and John Maddocks, of Southport firm Radwraps
Southport radiator cover company conducts trials with Liverpool John Moores University
Research by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has found that a Southport company’s radiator cover is 118% more energy efficient than conventional wooden covers.
Radwraps produces a range of covers which can be printed with designs or pictures of choice and fitted within seconds.
The study, held in conjunction with LJMU and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, shows their potential in reducing energy use.
With the assistance of Jacqueline Gilroy, at regeneration agency Liverpool Vision, Radwraps asled the Low Carbon Hub at LJMU to conduct simulations to determine how much of a difference their products make.
The university created a domestic central heating system so tests could be conducted in specific and fair conditions.
The Radwraps team wanted to get a heat comparison between radiators that were using one of their covers and a wooden alternative.
Trials showed that, when using a Radwrap, the efficiency of the radiator heating system can reach up to 68%, whereas with a wooden cover it could only reach 31% for a certain water flow rate, outweighing predictions.
Radwraps director James Maddocks said: “This figure is huge, something we could have only imagined when we started, and it could have major implications towards lowering our carbon emissions.”
Following the study he has calculated that the country could make a massive saving in energy costs of around £75m by using Radwraps rather than wooden covers, along with a potential saving of more than £1.5bn across Europe.
Radwraps has been operating for almost three years after years of research and development.
James, added: “Radwraps are already being utilised in nurseries, schools, nursing homes and houses in general across the UK.
“Savings are being made and emissions are being cut, which are helping to lower our carbon emissions for this generation and for generations to come.”
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