Q: Who are you?
Karlheinz Koeing , UK export manager, SOLARFOCUS GmbH.
Q: What do you do? We are an Austrian manufacturer of wood-fuelled boilers and solar thermal systems.
Q: Where are you? We have our headquarters in Steyr; but with our distribution and service partners we are able to provide a nationwide service network all over the UK.
Q: How’s business at the moment? The UK is an emerging market for wood-fuelled heating solutions – as more end customers learn more about the different renewable technologies available to them, and with the increasing cost of fossil fuels – our business is increasing.
Q: How could it be better? The delay in UK government policies is causing uncertainty and delay in the market, as the end customer cannot be sure whether they should go ahead and install systems without confirmation of scheme details.
Q: Who do you admire in renewables? I really admire our director Johann Kalkgruber – he set up and shaped the company from the start and has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching others about renewables.
Q: What’s the best business advice you have received? “Every day’s a school day” – we are always learning and listening to our installers and customers to make our products even better.
Q: How are you going green? One of our company philosophies is “Conscious Sustainability – shaping the future with products that serve mankind and protect the environment.” We are always working to make our products more efficient. Personally, I just installed a biomass boiler at my new home.