Joseph Le Mer has invented a new kind of greener, money-saving heating system which recently won the “Small and Medium Enterprises and Research” category at the “European Inventor of the Year” competition in Prague.
In old style heat exchangers, the heat from the gas flame did not contact the whole surface of the tube but with the new design, a much larger proportion of the tube is in contact with the heat, meaning less energy is required to produce the same result. Tubes can be connected to each other to meet different heating needs. According to their inventor, they are not only cheaper to manufacture than traditional elements, but also weigh half as much. Furthermore, in this system the water vapour produced is not dispersed into the atmosphere and wasted, but is condensed and the hot water produced helps to warm up the incoming cold water.