As Riello celebrates a century of innovation and engineering excellence in heating solutions, Neil Mattock, marketing director and head of training at Vokèra by Riello, looks at some of the highlights of the company’s 100-year history and recent developments in response to the current energy transition.
Founded in 1922, Riello, the parent brand of Vokèra by Riello, is marking an important milestone this year. A pioneer in combustion technology, the Riello Group has grown over the past ten decades to become a leader in products and services for heating, air-conditioning and energy efficiency. The company’s strength is the result of the technological innovations, skills and experience it has acquired over its long history. Today, innovation and sustainability continue to guide Riello in the way it operates and in the creation of cutting-edge systems. This philosophy is reflected in the infinite circles of the 100 years logo – a symbol of continuous research aimed at excellence of efficient, safe and sustainable solutions.
Riello was established in Italy after the end of the First World War and produced the first light oil burner in 1923. Two years later, the company achieved an important innovation by adapting burners to the new heavy oil fuel. During the 1950s and 60s Riello introduced other products such as air conditioning appliances and, as sales increased, the business went on to become a joint-stock company in 1973.
The 1980s were years of great expansion and saw Riello’s portfolio of heating and cooling systems grow to around 140 product families. In 1998, the famous Riello Burners brand was born, and in 2005 over 500,000 burners were manufactured and sold in just one year.
The 2000s marked Riello’s entry into the world of renewable energy. Developments in this field have continued apace and the company has launched ambitious projects to develop a range of burners (and condensing boilers combined with burners) that will operate efficiently and safely with green hydrogen and can be integrated with IoT systems for remote control of comfort and energy consumption.
In 2020 Riello became part of Carrier Global Corporation, a leading provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies, heralding the start of an exciting new future for the company.
Focusing on the future
In 2022 Riello continues to innovate with smart and sustainable solutions and the company’s expertise is now firmly focused on the future with the decarbonisation of heating. Recent innovations include the Condexa PRO – a high performance wall-hung condensing modular system offering a world of configurations that can be built from a single model; and Steel PRO Power – a modular floor standing gas condensing system, conceived and developed with the aim of maximising flexibility and simplicity of installation.
A range of fully modulating condensing boilers, Condexa PRO offers versatile standalone and cascading solutions to meet a wide variety of commercial building demands. The flexible nature of the Condexa PRO means it can easily integrate with renewable solutions to maximise energy savings. The Steel PRO Power range can be installed in single or cascade configuration. Compactness, versatility and advanced electronic management, combined with a new patented double-acting stainless steel heat exchanger and pre-mix burner with wide modulation range, make Steel PRO Power an extremely efficient and low pollutant system.
In addition to innovative commercial boiler systems, Riello also offers the HIU Pro range of Heat Interface Units as an integral part of a full-plant offering. Available in direct and indirect versions they are suitable for a range of applications including apartments, houses and centralised heating systems.
Riello’s development of combustion technology changed the way industries produce heat and hot water. A century since it started, the company has built a reputation for solutions that maximise the comfort of those who use them and are easy to use and maintain. And in the journey towards energy transition, Riello continues to be a pioneering force, developing sustainable systems that use alternative energy sources for the well-being of current and future generations.
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