Kensa Contracting’s MD Dr Matthew Trewhella joins H&V News on their Future of HVAC podcast to discuss the current low adoption levels for heat pumps in the UK and how the market must develop up to 2025 and beyond.
Following Dr Trewhella’s appearance as the Innovation in Action speaker at H&V News’ recent Future of HVAC Summit, 2019.
This podcast builds on this key session from the Summit and questions whether advancements in heat pump technology will mean an end to the dominance of the gas boiler in domestic heating.
Dr Trehwella comments:
Remarks made during the summit that claim that the uptake of heat pumps in the UK had so far been “pitiful” were probably a fair assessment.
However, Kensa are fully focused on developing ground source heat pump solutions that can support the UK to curb a reliance on fossil fuel heating.
On the requirements of the government’s proposed Future Homes Standard – currently under consultation as part of its national decarbonisation agenda he argues:
Short to medium term (2-5 years) uptake of the technology is vital to allow the market and supply chain to develop sufficiently to allow an outright ban on the use of fossil fuel heat in new homes from 2025?
Dr Trewhella also discusses how financial support programmes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will remain an important focus for any successful decarbonisation policy.
And therefore dismisses some criticisms made of the programme during the summit that the RHI had become a “middle-class subsidy” that failed to address the challenge of decarbonising lower income and fuel poor homes.
Listen to the first part of the podcast here: