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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?
As part of our recent European Heat Summit held in Berlin, our Gas Heating Service team hosted a unique invitation-only roundtable to discuss and debate the top issues and opportunities facing suppliers of high efficiency gas heating systems like micro-CHP, fuel cells, and gas-fuelled heat pumps.
We heard from a wide range of speakers, from industry associations like COGEN Europe, to heating industry giants like Baxi and Vaillant, to specialist technology developers like Tennessee’s Stone Mountain Technologies Inc. and Sunfire from nearby Dresden.
Demand-side response and flexibility are becoming increasingly important – this is evident in the UK following BEIS’ announcement of its new plan to upgrade the UK’s energy system and give homes and businesses more control over their energy use. The opportunities for innovation and investment in the energy sector, therefore, are vast.
Smart electrically-driven heating is a potentially valuable field in which to invest, but to what extent will customers and the energy system benefit, and how can these benefits be unlocked?
It’s been a busy month for the Electrification of Heat Service. We have recently published our latest heat pump country reports focusing on France, Italy and Germany and have already had the chance to discuss some of the findings at our recent European Heat Summit.
The results of our recent research and the forecasts we’ve made suggest a tentatively positive outlook for the European heat pump market. We have seen growth in some segments of the heat pump market in these three countries, as displayed in the graph below. The arrows show the expected direction of growth over the next few years.
At Delta-ee we’ve been analysing and researching the heating market for over 10 years. We think it’s interesting - even fascinating! To many though it is a market that is stable, slow moving and hard to break into (many have the scars from trying to do so). We agree in many ways it has been like this, but we firmly believe it won’t be in the future. There will be some big winners from this change – and some big losers.
There are several factors contributing to the disruption of the market and we will discuss these in-depth at our upcoming European Heat Summit. Visit www.delta-ee.com/DEHS2017 to view the programme and register for this exclusive event. For now, read on to find out more about five of the most influential factors in the market at the moment.
The European heat pump (HP) markets are on the upturn. After half a decade of stagnation, the improving economic situation in many markets and changes in new build regulations have driven significant growth in 2015 and first results for 2016 suggest that this positive trend continued in many markets last year.
Yet, if we compare HP sales to the millions of fossil fuel boilers being sold in Europe every year, the HP market, and in particular the market for hydronic systems for space heating, is still niche. The prime reason for this is a set of barriers regarding the economic proposition for HPs in retrofit situations. Many markets are also facing a lack of installer expertise in & customer information about the technology. Together these issues lead to a lack of installer push and customer pull for the technology in many retrofit markets.
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