A major weapon in the worldwide campaign against plastics pollution and global warming, HERU, has proven to be the ultimate cleaner environment warrior, a new independent scrutiny report has revealed.
The HERU, which is backed by major boiler manufacturer BAXI, is the least impactful option in contributing to global warming compared to traditional resource collection methods.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in just over four decades as accelerating pollution, climate change and other manmade factors have created a ‘mind-blowing’ crisis. And it’s a crisis that’s also been brought to the fore by world campaigners and Government officials, as well as the likes of Sir David Attenborough, who issued a stark warning about the widespread damage that’s been caused to the ocean’s habitats in Blue Planet II.
But thanks to the HERU and its game-changing technology ‘damaging’ everyday items, such as plastics, nappies, coffee cups and food can be turned into energy that can be used to fuel domestic boilers, using an age-old method called pyrolysis.
The Ricardo Energy & Environment report compared the environmental impact of the HERU with collecting co-mingled collections of dry recyclables for sorting at a materials recovery facility, as well as kerbside sorting.
Based on a life cycle assessment of the HERU, the report found that the game-changing technology has 68% less global warming impact than co-mingled collections and 32% less than kerbside collections.
And when powered by solar energy, the HERU, which runs off a standard 32 amp cooker plug, has 733% less global warming impact than co-mingled collections and 554% less than kerbside collections.
Nik Spencer, Found and Inventor of the HERU, said: “The results are astounding. We opened up the HERU to independent scrutiny as part of our continual process of refinement and improvement.
“Climate change and global warming is something that is and will continue to affect us all and solutions, such as the HERU, provide viable technology to start addressing these stark environmental global issues that are then further enhanced when combined with energy technologies, such as solar.
“The opportunities for householders and businesses are truly profound. The HERU has the potential for forward-thinking companies to adopt the HERU first and help lead the way in changing our relationship with the valuable resources around us. HERU can also make it much easier for people to not just reduce the detrimental impact they’re having on the environment, but turn it around and use these resources to their advantage to fuel their everyday lives.”
Homes that are duel fuelled by HERU-generated energy are estimated to save the average household 1,200kg of CO2. And, if adopted across all 27m UK households, carbon savings of 32.4 million tonnes, the equivalent to 8.8% of the UK’s total carbon output*, would be saved. Imagine the numbers if businesses adopted the HERU too.
Over the next few months, the HERU will be undergoing technical trials at UK sites ahead of a move to the mass market. This latter development is being further accelerated in partnership with the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre. The trials are also being supported by BAXI, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and Rugby Borough Council.
Dean Baker, director of the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre s Business Launch Centre, said, “We are thrilled to be supporting Mission Resources to develop and build the next generation HERU machines. Using our product incubation centre we can create a collaborative environment to bring together product designers, engineers, digital modelling and prototyping facilities to make market-seeding HERU unites for evaluation. Nik and his team have developed a revolutionary machine which will have a tremendous impact on our environment, and with the support of the MTC we can succeed in bringing it to full market readiness.”