Kensa Contracting’s MD Dr Matthew Trewhella joins H&V News on his second podcast which looks at the major industry changes that may be needed to make smart heating a viable mainstream proposition.
This podcast builds on Dr Trewhella’s previous HVAC podcast which tackled the challenges facing a heat pump revolution. The current low adoption levels for heat pumps in the UK and how the market must develop up to 2025 and beyond.
The second part of the podcast discussed the changing role of manufacturers from the perspective of technology and innovation, particularly for expanding the appeal of ground source heat pumps.
Dr Trehwella comments:
The convergence of ground source heat pumps with smart metering could prove to be significant for the industry but manufacturers will need to get closer to how their products are used and support consumers in optimising these systems by offering a full heating service to make these systems genuinely smart.
On making ‘smart’ truly smart:
If we have the knowledge of a buildings energy needs and knowledge of how much the occupants are likely to need, (how warm they want to be and when), coupled with smart metering technology and time of use electricity tariffs we can come up with an optimised heating plan which manages the comfort and needs of the occupant together with delivering energy at a lower price.
The lovely coincidence is when you do that to save people money you also save carbon. Shifting load around and running the heat pump overnight when background electricity generation technologies (wind and nuclear) are running at their best we can help balance the grid, reduce the carbon and reduce the cost to the consumer all in the same. Consumers experiencing these benefits is only thought to drive the uptake of these technologies.
At Kensa Contracting we already get very intimate with all of the projects with quite detailed project management from start to finish. There is now a definite trend of taking this even further we’re now getting more heavily involved after the fact with the controls and the software after install.