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Many in the heating industry are looking with interest at the developing situation in the Netherlands, where a series of earthquakes in the north of the country caused by over-extraction from the Groningen gas field have led to a groundswell of cross-sector support for the idea of reducing – or even entirely removing – the use of Dutch natural gas.
There are a number of policies and supporting mechanisms in place to encourage the move away from natural gas as a fuel for heating homes. The latest has been a well-publicised change to the Dutch Law regulating the gas network operators (‘The Gas Law’).
The heating market is changing. New, lower carbon systems are emerging, and disruption is occurring in the traditional value chains. The industry is at an exciting – and challenging – point in its evolution, with many different pathways it could take into the future.
Through our Delta-ee Gas Heating Service, we are helping companies understand what this future could look like. On Thursday July 13th, we will be holding our public webinar: “Beyond the boiler: how is the future for gas-based heating emerging today?” – click here to register.
Sue Furnell and I went to the CES in sunny Las Vegas, to explore the latest innovations of the global connected home market. Since there are dozens of good reviews about the event online (example links below this blog) we thought there was no reason to re-invent the wheel. Instead, we have endeavoured to make our review as relevant as possible for your businesses. Here are our takeaways:
The event itself is without a doubt the best event of the year to find out the latest connected home trends and innovations. I would recommend it to anyone looking at this space from any angle. We would be delighted to discuss this more in depth with you individually or to exchange views if you were there as well, so please feel free to get in touch, my email is [email protected]
A long term reduction in gas and oil prices has minimal impact on our forecasts for the European heating market to 2025, with a range of emerging technologies continuing to threaten the dominance of the traditional boiler across Europe as the share of oil and gas boilers declines.
This highlights that key players and energy suppliers need to continue to embrace higher efficient and lower carbon heating products, even in the light of the lower fuel prices we are currently experiencing.
When Delta-ee first looked at the connected home space many years ago, there was a fashion for selling or giving away energy monitoring devices. We coined the phrase “average time to kitchen drawer”, which we thought could be as little as two weeks: end-users lose interest in energy monitoring devices very quickly. From 2012, a new trend emerged - with the beginning of the remote heating control market through smart thermostats.
Now, many energy suppliers and heating appliance manufacturers offer smart thermostats, and recent sales numbers start to demonstrate their potential. These products can now be bought on Amazon, in shops, through different platforms, from an energy supplier or even alongside a boiler installation. Through our Connected Home Service we’ve analysed 48 of these products in our InfoBase – and that doesn’t cover every single product! So what do we expect from the 2014 heating season?The IFA event in Berlin has seen lots of announcements of products being brought to more markets – for example Nest will soon be available in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland – and of innovations from the giant appliance manufacturers such as Phillips, Samsung, Apple etc. Despite all these movements from some big names, there is a new connected home trend starting to emerge: remote boiler diagnostics. Although they are not marketing it strongly for now, some leading connected home players are already active in this field. We think it could be much more than a passing fad.
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