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European Week of Regions and Cities looks at heat pump potential

The European Heat Pump Association has sought to drive heat pump take-up at the 10th European Week of Regions and Cities.

The association used the event to attempt to unite European and regional politicians, renewable energy experts, planners and relevant EU-based decision-makers to ease the way to the realization of more and more heat pump cities through real examples of existing technologies, financial schemes and projects.

The event – ‘European cities and regions fit for the future: Integrating heat pumps in local infrastructure’ – took place on 11 October.

By taking success stories from the Netherlands, Estonia, Hungary and Denmark – different cities/regions already active in supporting heat pumps – the participants could directly experience how they went about deciding, planning and executing their ambitious heat pump plans, the association reported.

Questions such as how government, industry, utilities and manufacturers can work successfully together to build quality and confidence in heat pump markets and how renewable energy investments can trigger each other while using EU funds in an efficient way were all discussed at the event.

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  • Am I the only one who is a little concerned about the push to install more heat pumps? While the intentions are honourable in reducing emissions/ increasing efficiency etc. has anybody done any serious investigation into how these things will be powered?
    We have already had warnings that the UK is heading for power shortages within a couple of years unless more power stations are built, and such things do not happen overnight. So, when the masses decide to opt for heat pumps to replace expensive to run oil boilers or tick the required boxes for building efficiency, will they suddenly discover that this is the straw which breaks the camel's back?
    It appears to me that -on the one hand- the government is pushing such technologies as a cure for our energy woes while on the other they are being remarkably tardy in ensuring the necessary infrastructure is in place to support it.
    So, what will you do when the lights go out?

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