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Gas heat pumps struggle to gain traction in the market even though the technology is ready and proven (nearly 15,000 installed in Europe and 800,000 in Asia, for a wide range of applications). In most European markets, installations number less than 1% of annual heating installations. Delta-ee has been investigating the potential opportunities for gas heat pumps in commercial buildings, as part of research for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. We identify potential for at least an order of magnitude growth for gas heat pumps in the UK by 2020, with the best opportunities in sectors such as health care, restaurants, hotels and education.
Why are we positive? Here are three reasons:
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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