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Ultra Compact and Highly Eco-efficient Heating System

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
KB plus
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


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Since 1947 Kabola develops, manufactures and sells heating systems for vehicles (boats and wheeled vehicles – truck, vans, etc.) and other applications. Kabola has a broad portfolio of diesel, heating oil and biodiesel boilers adapted to the requirements of its customers. Kabola is well known for its classic red cube heaters HR, Compact 7 and B series.

In the last years, the increasing pressure for more efficient and greener heating systems encouraged Kabola to develop the new Kabola Blue Ecoline (KB Eco) series. The KB Eco is the outcome of the implementation of the innovative Kabola Blue technology (The Kabola Blue technology allows diesel to burn a blue flame at around 1.500ºC compared to the 800ºC of the yellow flame in conventional systems) into the successful HR series.

In comparison with its competitors, KB Eco:

  • is much more efficient (94% constant over time vs. a degradable 70-90%)
  • it does not produce soot (both certified by TÜV)
  • it has the best low emission values (NOx, CO, etc) granted with the eco-label “Blauer Engel” (Blue Angel)
  • requires very low maintenance since there is no soot production

KB Eco is sold now with power outputs from 7 kW to 38 kW. The current KB Eco series is highly efficient and clean, however there are still needs not covered in the market that guarantee the profitability of an improved KB Ecoline version (KB Plus). This will include:

  • a new ultra-compact model for vehicles with height restrictions in terms of space such as trucks or vans
  • higher efficiency in all models - thanks to a new design and technology an outstanding 106% efficiency
  • a new range of higher output power models for large boats
  • availability of clean water in ships
  • electrical heating
  • other improvements

Highly efficient and non-pollutant heating systems for vehicles represent a huge business opportunity. Proof of that is the 700 units of the KB Eco sold in the last 2 years. KB Plus will boost the current sales of the KB Eco.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme


Lead Organisation
Kabola Heating Systems Bv
PLACOTIWEG 1, 4131NL VIANEN, Netherlands
EU Contribution
€50 000
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


Technology Theme
Infrastructure management
Multimodal border management technologies
Development phase

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