Together with Austrian technicians and laboratories, INFRAPOWER is constantly improving and upgrading the efficiency of the infrared panels. As energy costs are rising worldwide, our aim is to provide economic heaters which work at highest efficiency ratio (percentage of electricity converted into emitted infrared waves).
In research done by the University of Kaiserslautern in the winter season 2009/10 (Germany, Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Kosack), a German distributor compared INFRAPOWER panels with conventional gas heating. The result: up to 50% energy savings are possible with INFRAPOWER panels. Over a period of 5 months, two identical apartments (one apartment is located in second floor and the other one located in third floor) were tested.
In one apartment traditional gas heating was installed and the in the other one only infrared panels were used to heat the rooms (only the water was heated with gas). The average consumption of gas and electricity per square meter was 187,85 kWh for gas heated apartment and 71,21 kWh for the apartment which was heated by infrared panels. This result shows that gas heater consumed almost 3 times more energy to heat the same rooms.
In the meantime, INFRAPOWER panels improved both in efficiency rate as well as output of IR rays in the optimum IR spectrum. Around 10 to 15% further savings are guaranteed with the new patented technology of INFRAPOWER. The ratio of gas to electricity should be around 3.5 to 1 with the new INFRAPOWER technology.
Research report radiant heating of TU Kaiserslautern (in German)
Depending on the gas and electricity price, the cost advantage using INFRAPOWER panels is different in each country (savings from 20 to 50% with INFRAPOWER panels). However, the factor mentioned above does not take the increase in gas and electricity prices over the last 10 years into account. Gas prices rise 7,1% per year on average. Electricity prices only rise 2,25% per year. In a few years in all countries around the world heating with INFRAPOWER will at least save 40 to 50%.
Research done by European technicians shows that because of austerity measures implemented by many countries in the European Union, the ratio of gas and energy price increase is much higher than the mentioned normal increase of 7,1% for gas and 2,25% for electricity. Governments do increase gas/oil prices more in difficult economic times than they increase the price of electricity. Because of the more and more popular usage of solar and photovoltaic modules in recent years, the production of electricity is more independent from government control which also contributes to a lesser price increase of electricity.