As part of the ‘Rinnai Global Innovation Manifesto’ announced in November 2021, which seeks to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Rinnai Australia unveiled two new renewable product technologies designed to support Australia’s clean energy mix future.
What are the new Rinnai energy technologies?
In a world first – Rinnai Japan has successfully developed a Continuous Flow hot water system for the domestic market which uses 100% hydrogen combustion technology and features zero carbon emissions in a way that also addresses the issues of “explosion risk” and provides “combustion stability” typically associated with hydrogen fuel usage.
In line with the announcement, as initial steps are being taken across the Australia market with a view to potentially using 100% hydrogen as a residential energy source, Rinnai plans to start testing in October 2022 in South Australia and Victoria to help drive the consideration of H2 as a part of the Australian energy mix future. Rinnai also showcased its new Geoflo Hybrid 22 geothermal and inverter hybrid system, designed and manufactured in Australia.
The Geoflo Hybrid 22 geothermal system utilises the latest Rinnai tech to harness abundant free renewable underground energy to deliver energy efficiency Heating and Cooling whilst also diverting surplus energy to the generation of essentially free hot water to the home.
The system also delivers significant energy savings versus conventional heat pump and hot water systems saving the average household up to 50% per year in energy costs.
These two new key innovative product renewable developments will feature as part of Rinnai’s rapidly growing renewable energy product portfolio which already includes Solar Hot Water and high COP Heat Pump systems that are already widely being used across several Australian homes to deliver highly energy efficient and sustainable appliance solutions.
How are the inventions key to reducing carbon footprint?
Commenting on the new innovations, Managing Director of Rinnai Australia, Greg Ellis said, “Today marks a significant milestone in Australia’s shift towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix future, as Rinnai delivers a real solution, not a fanciful promise.”
“The advancements seen here firmly define Rinnai’s ambitions to provide appliances which not only support the requirements of a changing energy future, but importantly, deliver the trusted reliability and performance that the market expects from the Rinnai brand,” Ellis said.
In attendance for Rinnai’s announcement at Rinnai Australia’s state of the art R and D facility was the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change – Lily D’Ambrosio and Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist from 2016-2020 and Chair of the Australian National Hydrogen Strategy adopted in 2019, who added, “Australia is blessed with abundant renewable energy, but the key to transitioning from fossil fuels is the demand side.”
“By introducing water heaters to run on 100% hydrogen, Rinnai is making it practical for homeowners to greatly reduce their carbon footprint while still enjoying convenience.”