The use of heat pumps (both air source and ground source) for hot water and heating household consumption is well-established in many countries in Central and Northern Europe, as well as in the United States and Canada. Among them, Sweden and Switzerland stand out as the ones where heat pumps are most commonly used. But large countries such as France and Germany have also mature heat pump markets and utilize them successfully for dwelling heating.
The UK, though, doesn’t. Why? Will it be like that forever? This post will address this and more questions regarding heat pumps in the UK, focusing on the drivers and challenges they’ll have to face in the near future (based on current trends).
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The heating system stock in the UK currently relies on gas systems. In fact, 85% of all the heating systems operating are gas boilers, and about 1.5 million gas boilers are installed each year (the UK is the biggest boiler market in Europe). Renewable heating, on the other hand, represents 2% of the heating systems in the UK (heat pumps about 1%, being air source heat pumps considerably more common than ground source).
Among the different factors that complicate the expansion of heat pumps in the UK, the following ones are the most influential:
Despite all the elements listed above, the penetration of heat pumps in the UK heating market is very likely to increase significantly during the following years thanks to government measures and positive trends. These are the most relevant of them:
Taking into account all the information in the preceding paragraphs, it is viable to figure out what the next years will look like for the heat pump market in the UK. Experts in this field agree that, at least until 2020, the installation of heat pumps will experience a rapid growth, mostly driven by RHI tariffs and utilities initiative of increasing the size of the heat pump industry in the UK. That is not only engaging UK companies, but also foreign companies (most of them very experienced ones from continental Europe) that will help to raise standards and will contribute to a more dynamic heating market in the UK.
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