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The Future of HVAC podcast #3 – The challenges facing a heat pump revolution

Dr Mathew Trewhella from Kensa Contracting joins H&V News to talk about the current low adoption levels for heat pumps in the UK and how the market must develop up to 2025 and beyond

Our latest podcast builds on a key session from H&V News’ recent Future of HVAC Summit and the question of whether advancements in heat pump technology will mean an end to the dominance of the gas boiler in domestic heating.

We are joined in this edition by Dr Mathew Trewhella, managing director of Kensa Contracting, which is fully focused on developing ground source heat pump solutions that the company says can support the UK to curb a reliance on fossil fuel heating.

Dr Trewhella said that comments made during the summit that claimed that the uptake of heat pumps in the UK had so far been “pitiful” were probably a fair assessment.

However, he argued that the requirements of the government’s proposed Future Homes Standard - currently under consultation as part of its national decarbonisation agenda - meant uptake of the technology would be vital. How then should we expect the market to develop over the next six years until a ban on the use of fossil fuel heat in new homes comes into effect?

Dr Trewhella also discussed how financial support programmes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will remain an important focus for any successful decarbonisation policy.

He therefore dismissed some criticisms made of the programme during the summit that the RHI had become a “middle-class subsidy” that failed to address the challenge of decarbonising lower income and fuel poor homes.

You can listen to the first part of the hydrogen podcast here.

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