i-STUTE inform BEIS heat evidence
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have published a series of heat evidence gathering reports on different types of heat pumps and their potential as a low-carbon heating alternatives.
The four documents focus respectively on domestic high temperature, domestic hybrid, gas driven and a comparative summary of the three types. Professors Bob Critoph and Neil Hewitt of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation an Upgrading of Thermal Energy (i-STUTE) centre were part of the expert panel for the reports.
The reports conducted a review of available products, the state of the art, current and potential market, standards, performance, barriers to deployment, costs and analysed gaps in available evidence. The Carbon Trust team who carried out the research also looked at some other technologies – passive flue gas heat recovery and hybrid solar photovoltaic thermal panels.
The Committee on Climate Change has estimated that there could be up to 2.3 million homes heated by heat pumps in by 2030. Heat pumps use pre-existing heat from air, ground and water to heat homes so required less energy than conventional forms of central heating. The most common form of heat pumps are electric but these other alternatives were the main focus of these reports.
The heat evidence desk research – carried out between September 2015 and December 2015 – concluded that while the current UK Market for heat pumps is small – around 18,700 units a year being sold – the potential for growth is good. One benefit of heat pumps is that they can be integrated with existing central heating systems with a complete refit. Barriers to their wider take-up include high upfront cost of the pumps, the need for space to fit the pumps and low customer awareness and acceptance.
The heat evidence reports are available on the government website
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