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With renewable heat moving ever higher up the political agenda in Europe, heat pumps look to be benefiting already
Across Europe’s five largest heating markets (where almost 5 million heating systems, equivalent to more than 60% of the European total, are sold annually), there is a wave of renewed and extended support measures that look likely to improve the prospects for heat pumps.
Love it or loathe it, the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), and its recast creation Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), are here to stay and apparently “save the day” for building energy efficiency. Whilst targeted at sizably reducing the impact of energy consumption in all new buildings as of 1 January 2021 (and 1 January 2019 for new public buildings), the implementation (or lack thereof) of NZEB legislation in Member States appears to have done much to cast the new build industry into disarray in its quest to mobilise EU member states to reduce the environmental impact of their respective building stock.
Working with heating system manufacturers and the new build industry, we at Delta Energy & Environment have been exposed to this first hand as part of our current investigation into the future impact of the EPBD & NZEB regulations on the heating market.
With the delicate scent of Lebkuchen (gingerbread) in the air Delta-ee’s Heat Pump Research Service braved the orderly streets of Nuremberg to attend the biennial European Heat Pump Summit. In search of views and thoughts from those in the thick of things as to what the future holds for heat pumps in Europe, we found that most eyes were on heat pump technology and performance rather than how to explicitly increase uptake across Europe.
As summer fades to an autumnal chill, we here at Delta-ee’s heat pump research service turn to heat pumps to help stave-off the coming winter blues, and our minds wander to thoughts of the biennial European Heat Pump Summit, the beating heart of the heat pump industry.
Heat pump technologies change, but the focus remains the same
Low carbon heating techs are demonstrated ‘live’ to home-owners – and micro-CHP proves very popular.As part of Delta-ee’s Microgen Insight Service, 36 intrepid UK home-owners came to the Baxi UK test lab in Warwick in July this year. They had been prepared for the evening by reading a description of five low carbon or renewable heating technologies, prepared by Delta-ee. During the evening they were shown examples of these products running in a test facility, and had the chance to ask questions.At the start of the sessions, the participants were asked about their attitudes towards the technologies, and whether they could see themselves installing one (or any of them) in their home. At this initial stage, air source heat pumps (ASHP) were generally the preferred technology. But following live demonstration of each of the products, during which time people also had the chance to ask questions from the expert demonstrator, this picture had changed dramatically. Micro-CHP’s popularity had soared by the end of the demos, based on the design they were shown. So what made micro-CHP so appealing?Among the top reasons given were:
So what 3 things can the micro-CHP industry learn from this?
This time last year the UK heat pump industry was enthusiastic, expecting unprecedented growth driven by the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). A year later the hangover is slowly receding and a more realistic outlook is starting to prevail.
As shown in our latest country report published under the Delta-ee Heat Pump Research Service, the UK heat pump market declined slightly in 2014 and for 2015 we at best expect a slow recovery of sales. There are 4 key reasons for this:
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