European Heat Summit 2018

Discussing the hot topics of the low carbon heating industry

13-14 June, 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, Germany

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On 13th and 14th June 2018 we brought together the key players in the European low carbon heating industry for the annual European Heat Summit. Bringing together both the Gas Heating and Electrification of Heat roundtables on day one, and a full Summit programme on day two, the event stimulated a breadth and depth of interesting discussion and debate. The event also included a dinner in a central Berlin location, which proved to be an excellent networking opportunity.

This year we were pleased to welcome speakers from these companies:


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Day 1 - Roundtables

The event began with two concurrent Roundtables, exclusive to Delta-ee subscribers and selected guests. Use the link below to view the programme.

Roundtable programme
Electrification of Heat Roundtable
Micro-CHP and High Efficiency Gas Heating Roundtable

Our research shows the growing importance of electrically-driven heating in the European heating market, especially in countries where decarbonisation of heat and stabilisation of the electricity supply is high on the agenda. The regular addition of new business models to the value chain underlines the high value that this sector can generate for both current and new stakeholders.


This invitation-only roundtable will allow Delta-ee subscribers and selected guests to come together to view highlights from the Electrification of Heat Service, and to explore key topics in the European electrically-driven heating market. We will also hold a workshop to explore methods of increasing installer engagement with electrically-driven heating.  



State of the European Electrically-driven Heating Market: Overview of the key industry trends and future outlook.


Felicity Tolley, Analyst and manager of the Electrification of Heat Service, Delta-ee


Vincenzo Belletti, EU Project Manager, European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)

Success and challenges in the routes to market: Presentation and discussion let by Delta-ee, with insights from specifically selected guest speakers:


Cate Lyon, Analyst, Delta-ee


Ian Rose, Professional Services Director, PassivSystems

Michael Koch, Deputy Managing Director, Bundesverband Wärmepumpe (German Heat Pump Association)

Networking break

Workshop: Optimising installer uptake of electrically-driven heating options: Discussion led by Delta-ee


A facilitated workshop discussion to explore the methods which industry can employ to encourage instalers to increase uptake of heat pumps. Installer engagement and capability are key barriers to growth in electrification of heat.


Karl Drage, CEO, Smart Renewable Heat




The Delta-ee Gas Heating Service provides insight for the heating, energy and service industries on the future of gas heating in buildings. It is widely accepted that if decarbonisation goals are to be achieved, this sector must evolve. Options include the introduction of new products that use fuel more efficiently – e.g. fuel cells, micro-CHP or hybrids – or via a transition to lower-carbon forms of gas, like biomethane or hydrogen.

Our unique invitation-only roundtable event offers the chance for Delta-ee subscribers and selected stakeholder guests to come together to discuss the future of the gas heating market in Europe, get up to speed with the latest market and policy developments, and showcase emerging market hotspots.




State of the European high efficiency & low carbon gas heating market

Overview of market status and key industry trends - presentation and discussion led by Delta-ee, with updates from invited speakers


Gas Heating Service - overview and recent highlights (Steven Ashurst & Valentin Noilhetas, Delta-ee)


  • COGEN Europe - PACE and EU policy update (Alexandra Tudoroiu-Lakavičė, Regulatory Affairs Manager)
  • Insights from emerging technologies and potential market hotspots - GHP & Hybrids

    Insights from specially selected guest speakers and discussion led by Delta-ee, focusing on new technology trends


    BoostHEAT - European gas engine heat pump perspective (Norbert Dischinger, Regional Director)


    Stone Mountain Technologies (SMTI) - North American sorption heat pump perspective (Michael Garrabrant, President)


    Vaillant - Hybrid heat pumps (Markus Wieber, Senior Manager Market Intelligence)

    Role of gas heating in the energy transition

    A facilitated round-the-table discussion on the steps industry can take to introduce new products and new business models, and to debate the way forward for key stakeholders in the gas heating sector, with input from selected speakers.


    Sunfire - fuel cells for the off-grid market (Andreas Froemmel, VP Sales & Marketing)


    BDR Thermea - the development of a hydrogen boiler (Jeff House, head of External Affairs)



    Day 2 - Summit

    In this summit we took a customer-centric, bottom up approach with the consumer at the foundation of the agenda.

    The morning sessions focused on customer empowerment and the business models which support them; the afternoon sessions considered the infrastructure and system impacts and the policy measures which will be required to meet these aspirations and at the same time deliver on Europe’s ambitions for a low carbon energy future.

    The programme drew on a number of Delta studies and analysis and were enriched with contributions from industry speakers with experience in specific parts of this agenda.

    09:00 - 09:30

    Introduction: Welcome from Delta-ee

    Jon Slowe, Director, Delta-ee

    09:30 - 10:45

    Session 1: Empowering the customer

    The session will investigate how consumer attitudes to heating are changing and explore the potential for end-users to disrupt the marketplace for low carbon heating.


    Key findings from the Delta-ee customer panel: 
    Steven Ashurst, Senior Analyst, Delta-ee


    Stephan Herwig, Chief Marketing Officer, Thermondo

    Simon Phelan, CEO, HomeTree

    Michael Hollins, Head of Smart Devices, Warmup

    Panel Discussion


    Break and networking 
    11:15 - 12:30

    Session 2: New and emerging business models

    The session will explore which emerging business models and new routes to market are impacting the low carbon heating sector, and where they are gaining traction.


    Key business model trends in the European heat market:

    Felicity Tolley, Analyst, Delta-ee


    Norbert Dischinger, Regional Director (Germany), BoostHeat

    Oliver Golly, Global Head of Home Heating, E.ON

    Eberhard Holstein, Chief Representative, Digital Energy Solutions GmbH

    Panel Discussion

    13:30 - 15:00

    Session 3: Unlocking value for and supporting the networks

    This session will explore how both high-efficiency gas and electric heating technologies can offer solutions to some of the challenges facing gas and electricity network operators.


    Unlocking value and incentivising customers:
    Valentin Noilhetas, Analyst, Delta-ee


    Matthew Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association (ENA)

    Brian Montayne, Manager, ESB eHeat

    Mathieu Bineau, CEO, Voltalis

    Regis Contreau, Product Manager, GrDF

    Panel Discussion

      Break and networking 
    15:30 - 16:15

    Session 4: The Future of Heat

    A discussion amongst leading industry experts and policymakers about which of these topic areas they see driving the development of the heating market in the coming years.



    Jeremy Harrison, Principal Analyst, Delta-ee


    Pieter van Alphen, CEO, Techneco 

    Vincenzo Belletti, EU Project Manager, European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)

    Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe

    Erik Schumacher, Divisional Head - Stationary Fuel Cells (NIP), NOW GmbH

    Panel Discussion

    16:15 - 16:30 Close