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Remote-controlled robot fights climate change amid lockdown

14 May 2020

Q-Bot is a remote-controlled underfloor insulation robot that can provide £125 per year in energy bill savings for a typical home.

Heat loss from buildings accounts for 40% of the UK's carbon emissions. 8 million UK homes have suspended timber floors, which can be draughty and expensive and disruptive to insulate. 

To solve this issue, Engineer Mathew Holloway created Q-Bot, the remote-controlled underfloor insulation robot.

The robots are small enough to fit into the space beneath a suspended floor, survey the area and spray insulation onto the underside – removing the need to tear up the floorboards and get builders in.

Q-Bot can be operated by remote control from outside the house, a key consideration during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Q-Bot’s underfloor insulation reduces heat loss through the floor by 77% and draughts by 39%, resulting in a 24% reduction in heating bills.

If Q-Bot’s innovation was deployed to insulate all suitable homes in the UK, it would reduce CO2 emissions by five million tonnes a year – equivalent to shutting down two power stations or planting 30 million trees.

Q-Bot – recent recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – employs 35 humans and 25 robots. Cutting edge robotics and AI allow Q-Bot to tackle fuel poverty and fight climate change, as well as providing £125 per year in energy bill savings for a typical home, as verified by the Energy Saving Trust. 

Q-Bot’s approach for insulating suspended floors is the only solution to be fully accredited by the Energy Saving Trust.

Q-Bot founder Mathew Holloway received support from The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 in the form of an Industrial Fellowship, allowing Mathew Holloway to study and work at the same time.


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