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The role of gas in the future UK energy system

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As the UK transitions to a new energy paradigm, incumbent players in the existing value chain, including gas network operators, face significant challenges to their current business models, and at Delta-ee we’re excited to help these companies to address these challenges.  

There are any number of proposals for a long-term energy system aimed at addressing the energy trilemma.  However, even where there is consensus as to the final shape of the energy system post 2050, there remains significant difference of opinion as to the most practical means of transitioning from today’s system to a fully sustainable one.

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Is the French market ready to switch to new gas technologies?

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It’s a tough question to answer, but there is definitely a push toward more efficient gas technology in France, suggesting the country is ready for a switch. In our latest research as part of the Gas Heating Service, we covered this interesting market to find out about the evolving role of gas heating appliances in France.

The French market currently has an important share of gas heating (more than 40% of the dwelling stock) but it has not been a straight path. With the nuclear power programme for example, 70% of new homes built in the ‘70s received electric heating. Nowadays, gas heating represents more than 50% of new build. It’s clear gas has an important role and, from our latest research, we are certain of its future in the French market.

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In-depth discussions on heat: Micro-CHP and High Efficiency Gas, and the Electrification of Heat

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The European heat market is evolving, dynamic and full of opportunity.

Our Electrification of Heat 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.

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Emotional factors play an increasingly important part in customer engagement

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Following the success of last year’s event in Berlin, we hosted another European Digital Energy Summit to continue the discussions we had twelve months ago. The Edinburgh event brought together a record-breaking number of attendees and we even saw a bit of sunshine in the Scottish capital! Most importantly, we saw a breadth and depth of insightful, intriguing and inspiring discussion from a wide range of stakeholders.

If you didn’t manage to come to the event, don’t worry – there’s always next year! Plus, we’ve brought together the key messages from the two days, which focused on Customer Data Value and the Connected Home.

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Will Behind-the-Meter Flexibility Be A Defining Characteristic of ’New Energy’ Suppliers?

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Flexibility markets across Europe continue to develop rapidly, as evidenced by some of the recent developments profiled in the latest Markets Insights report published by our Flexibility Research Service. 

One of these developments is the recent launch by OVO Energy (one of the larger UK suppliers outside the traditional ‘big 6’) of three new 'OVO' branded products: a home battery, an EV smart charger and what OVO claims is the world's first residential V2G consumer unit. We think this is a credible claim – there's no other wall hung units like this on the market that we know about. Yet…

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Understanding the EV customer

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In the energy sector, we hear a lot of discussion about “the customer”. On the one hand this is great to hear; a sign that an industry that hasn’t traditionally been customer centric is now gradually becoming more so. But it’s also a horrible generalisation – one that we have also been guilty of.

Of course, there is no such thing as the customer, especially when it comes to electric vehicles. There are myriad different customer ‘types’, differing in a multitude of ways, from hard characteristics such as their driving habits or whether they have off road parking, to soft characteristics such as attitudes, values and preferences.

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