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Thermohydraulics: the news, the beautiful green news come from Trentino where Universal for over a decade it has been looking for, and finding, the best technologies to offer maximum efficiency in total sustainability logic, sifting through solar thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, biomass boilers, pellet boilers and stoves, micro-cogeneration systems and much more. To tell, to imitate.
1) When was your company born and why did you choose the thermohydraulics sector?
Universal was founded in 2003 as a continuation of a decades-long company in the field of thermohydraulics. Thanks to the intuition of the founding members who recognize great potential in the renewable energy sector, the company has developed in a short time, deepening the issues of energy saving and environmental protection.
2) What products do you offer on the market?
In the field of thermohydraulics we offer a wide range of products: solar thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, biomass boilers, pellet boilers and stoves, micro-cogeneration systems, heat pumps, gas boilers, radiant plates, but also kettles, purifiers / softeners and underfloor heating systems.
3) How are they different from other plumbing and heating offers?
We pay particular attention to the environment and look for the best solutions to protect it. With the use of advanced technologies, we aim to ensure performance and functionality in all conditions, with products from thermohydraulics excellent, also given the particular environmental characteristics of Trentino Alto Adige. Moreover, thanks to numerous and continuous partnerships, we are able to offer complete and guaranteed packages, distinguishing ourselves on the market of thermohydraulics for our 360 ° service that accompanies customers throughout the bureaucratic / administrative process, including installation procedures, connection to the network and requests for contributions and deductions.
4) Which plumbing and heating products do you recommend for individuals?
Thanks to incentives, bonuses and deductions we are able to offer a range of products for the energy saving domestic. Among these I mention the solar thermal for the production of domestic hot water and the heating of the house, the solar photovoltaic for the production of electricity and various integrated systems. One of them is based on the biomass, for example, but it is not the only one. Indeed, there are many to be screened.
5) And for companies?
For companies, Universal thermo-hydraulic products are enhanced and adapted to more structured needs. We also offer micro-cogeneration plants: the combined production of thermal and electrical energy. They increase energy efficiency by minimizing the energy losses that instead occur with separate production. It is also possible to choose to feed our thermo-hydraulic systems either by means of methane gas or diesel, or from renewable sources, such as biofuels and biomass: each company can evaluate the most suitable route.
6) How has the crisis affected the plumbing and heating sector in relation to energy saving?
Even in the thermohydraulics there was a more cautious approach with respect to investments in renewable energies which, at first glance, do not appear within everyone's reach. It is a psychological effect, however: the savings for domestic users are immediate and palpable. Thanks to the various deductions, the lower cost of energy and possible financing, solar systems are accessible to almost everyone. Universal, for example, proposes financing with Deutsche Bank which do not prevent access to incentives and deductions. However, an increase in attention to energy saving does not necessarily coincide with a greater interest in the environment: when economic problems have priority, sensitivity to the environment suffers.
7) What could Italy and Europe do more to encourage the use of solar photovoltaics?
The Italian state should concretely focus on energy saving as a possible solution to the crisis: motivate citizens with greater incentives and initiatives, raising their awareness and informing them more. The government should stimulate the energy sector more with active support for companies operating in the renewable and energy saving sector, not only with financial contributions, but by intervening on the legislation, which is currently confused and contradictory. The energy policy of Europe, then, has become less incisive: it should raise the supply target from renewables, stimulating research and use in member countries with European funds and tenders.