Plans Unveiled To Support Widespread Heat Pump Installation

Jan 1, 2021

Plans to provide £5,000 grants to enable people to install low carbon boiler replacements such as heat pumps have been unveiled, boosting the potential for more widespread district heating systems.

The plans, unveiled as part of the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, is part of a wider £3.9bn plan to decarbonise buildings and the ways in which they are heated and electrified.

Heat pumps are an efficient way of transferring heat from an external heat source into a room and vice versa, because they are flexible in the heat source they can take advantage of, are highly efficient and require relatively low-ambient heat sources.

They work by effectively compressing the heat that is taken from either the air, a geothermal source, a district heat network or even under a river, using electricity to do so efficiently.

These systems can often work in reverse, drawing excess heat from a room and returning it to a heat network, thus creating a cooling effect.

The system is considerably more efficient than using a natural gas boiler, which is the most common source of heating in the UK, and heat pumps can be considered carbon-neutral providing the electricity used to power them comes from carbon-neutral sources.

This is also the case for the other proposed boiler replacement system: hydrogen gas and a decision is set to be made on the use of hydrogen boilers as a potential way to reduce the carbon emissions generated by heating.

Whilst some heat network systems using heat pumps do exist in pockets of the UK, this grant aims to make them more widespread.

However, some groups have criticised the scheme for not going far enough, with the £5,000 grant funding only 90,000 pumps over the next three years, and currently not covering the full installation cost nor the improvements to insulation and glazing necessary to take full advantage.

MORE STORIES

Vattenfall To Create District Heating For London Homes

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has announced that it is planning a district heating network that will supply homes in London with low- and zero-carbon heat from solid waste plants. Edie reports that Vattenfall, which already operates district heating schemes in...

District Heating Backed As Key Way To Curb Climate Change

The use of low-carbon energy sources in district heating systems is a vital part of reducing the world’s energy emissions, an industrial engineer has said. Dave Pearson of Star Refrigeration, which is based in COP26 host city Glasgow, said as delegates prepare to...

£20m District Heating System Planned For Midlothian

Midlothain Council in western Scotland has signed up to a 40-year deal to provide a district heating system for the community. The £20m energy centre will be built at Millerhill, and the council has ruled that it will not need an environmental impact assessment to go...

New Energy Efficient Tool In Camden Flats

 An energy efficient tool is planned to boost Camden’s low carbon future, through the instillation of a revolutionary Leanheat artificial intelligent software technology.  This is owing to a new partnership between Vital Energi and Danfoss and Camden...

Clean Heat Grant Could Offer People Thousands To Replace Old Boilers

A modification to the proposed Clean Heat Grant could offer £7000 to incentivise homeowners to replace gas boilers with energy-efficient and eco-friendly alternatives. The proposal, having been consulted upon earlier in the year, is set to come into force next...

Groundbreaking District Heating Project Wins Major European Award

A Clydebank district heating scheme has been awarded a prestigious European Heat Pump City of The Year Award, an award that recognises the smartest, most efficient, and most sustainable heat pump projects across the continent. The Queens Quay scheme was...

What Are The Best Ways To Generate District Heat?

Much of the discussion surrounding district heating projects naturally gravitates towards the adoption of heat pumps and other heat network infrastructure that allows for incredibly efficient heating in urban areas. This is perhaps expected, as the...

Next Phase Of Liverpool Low-Carbon Energy Network Receives Council Approval

A major district heating project for the centre of Liverpool has received approval to enter its next phase, which will provide hot water and heat for up to 9,000 homes once completed in 2023. The plans, undertaken by Mersey Heat and approved by Liverpool...

Unique Potential District Heat Sources

District heating has reentered the conversation as a low-carbon, low-cost heat solution for large groups of people. These heat networks take heat from a central source, often as a waste byproduct of manufacturing, power generation or waste destruction, and...