UK: Ground-source heat pump company Kensa Group is supporting four UK feasibility studies into high-density heat pump deployment as part of BEIS’ Heat Pump Ready Programme Stream 1.
Kensa will be working together with teams of skilled partner organisations from across local authorities, energy companies, finance, community energy, academia and top-tier consultancies to develop feasibility plans for four innovative community heat pump solutions in Leeds, Greenwich, Teignbridge and Bridgend.
Part of the challenge with these projects will be developing compelling offerings to the complex networks of stakeholders in each location and engaging them with the benefits of ground source heat pumps and a different solution to the problem of decarbonisation.
In order to achieve the UK Government’s 10-point plan and the Heat and Buildings Strategy to decarbonise heat by 2050 requires heat pumps to reach a scale of installations exceeding 600,000 a year by 2028.
Kensa has long pioneered the installation of ground source heat pump technology connected to shared ground loop arrays and ambient heat networks as a solution to this challenge of scaling up.
While smaller networked heat pump systems have been installed successfully, this is still not a mainstream solution. The Heat Pump Ready projects will focus efforts on street-by-street installations, demonstrating a tangible pathway for a rapid transition to renewable energy.
BEIS has so far awarded over £2m to 11 projects across Great Britain as part of its £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio under the Heat Pump Ready Programme Stream 1.