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Calls for heat pump RHI inclusion

Companies are calling for the inclusion of commercial air-to-water heat pumps in revisions to the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Mitsubishi Electric is one of the most recent, stating it is convinced that commercial heat pumps can help to make a significant impact on emissions reductions, while helping businesses to manage escalating fuel bills.

Graham Temple, Mitsubishi Electric Heating Division marketing communications manager, said: “We fully support the recent letter to the energy minister Greg Barker signed by industry bodies such as the MicroPower Council.

“We know how effective a properly installed and maintained heat pump system can be in driving down running costs and emissions.”

The company reports significant growth in heating with customers who know that they have to meet carbon reduction targets.

“Heat pumps have been used for years in air conditioning but the move to heating is quite recent,” said Mr Temple.

“The technology is also competing with long-established fossil fuel systems like oil and gas, so we do need to incentivise the market to encourage more uptake.”