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Miliband visits Kensa Heat Pumps

UK: Ed Miliband, the shadow secretary for Energy and Net Zero, toured ground-source heat pump company Kensa’s Cornwall factory today.

Joined by local Labour candidates Perran Moon and Jayne Kirkham, Miliband met with Kensa’s CEO, Tamsin Lishman, and other employees to discuss the British company’s plans to decarbonise heat and hear more about their vision to deliver affordable, renewable heating and cooling to millions of people across the UK.

On the back of £70m in investment from Legal & General and Octopus Energy, Kensa is working with communities and businesses across the UK to deliver its heat decarbonisation solution – Networked Heat Pumps.

Ed Miliband with Tamsin Lishman CEO of the Kensa Group

Networked Heat Pumps consist of ground source heat pumps installed in individual properties, whether that’s flats, terraced streets or new-build homes, connected to a shared network of underground pipework, providing each property with low-cost, renewable heating, hot water and cooling.

This solution has already been implemented for thousands of properties across the UK, including 273 high-rise social housing flats in Thurrock, lowering residents’ bills by up to 66%. It’s also heating new-build properties in Bristol and has been rolled out under the streets for medium-density housing in Stithians, Cornwall.

Claiming to be “incredibly impressed” by what he saw, Ed Miliband said of ground-source heat pumps: “It is an innovative technology. It’s a crucial technology. It’s absolutely part of the mix. If I’m concerned, and if Labour’s in Government and I’m the secretary of state after July 4th, I look forward to working with Kensa to tackle the shared goals we have, to tackle fuel poverty and decarbonise our country.”

Related stories:

Kensa receives £70m heat pump investment16 May 2023
UK: Green energy supplier Octopus Energy and investment company Legal & General Capital are investing £70m in UK ground-source heat pump manufacturer the Kensa Group. Read more…

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