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Decarbonised Heating and Cooling: Don’t forget the customer

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Slowly, but very surely, the EU is getting us used to the idea of a fully decarbonised heating and cooling sector across Europe. It’s a bold and necessary objective which has profound implications for companies right across the energy sector. 

But is the European Commission going about it the right way?  

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European district heat networks – booming asset prices but a flat market. What’s going on?

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Heat networks have been around a very long time – group heating systems date back to the 14th century in France. However, while the sector boomed from the 1930s and again from the 1970s, Europe has seen only very modest expansion in recent years. This is not a growth market. And yet the underlying assets, the heat generation and distribution systems, continue to be highly sought after by investors.  We know this because we have helped clients seek them out.   

Can this apparent contradiction tell us something about the future of this sector? Is it fated to flat-line and fade, or can it boom again and be a core part of the transition to the new energy world?  Understanding the future of heating markets is a core part of Delta-ee’s research so this is an important question for us.

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Incentivising growth in the heat pump market – what role can installers play?

For many European countries, heat pumps are seen as an important enabler in the decarbonisation of the domestic heating stock. New build regulations are increasingly supportive, helping heat pumps gain a foothold in new build markets.

Why are we not seeing more growth in heat pump sales in the retrofit market?

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Delta-ee’s European Heat Summit 2018 – innovation is heating up in an industry that needs to engage with customers to enable growth

The Delta-ee European Heat Summit 2018 took place in Berlin, Germany.

Bringing together delegates from across the energy sector, our European Heat Summit 2018 inspired interesting discussions, debates and insights on the hot topics of the low carbon heating industry. Delegates talked about the key challenges and opportunities presenting themselves now and going forward, and how companies are responding to these.

The Summit discussions encompassed several topics that are key for the future of the low carbon heating industry, but some themes stood out throughout the event:

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

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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Is consolidation the key to growth in the European heat pump market? Our take on the Stiebel Eltron Thermia acquisition

The Stiebel Eltron Group has announced its acquisition of Thermia Heat Pumps (previously known as Danfoss Värmepumpar AB), the heat pump arm of Danfoss A/S, for an unspecified amount.

Thermia is the third largest supplier of HPs in the Nordic heat pump market, making up between 13 and 21% of hydronic heat pump sales in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, worth 68 million euro per year.

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