24 June 2014

EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL FOR GSHP UPTAKE – AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO GSHP DEPLOYMENT TO ADDRESS FUEL POVERTY IN THE UK


Ground source heat pumps represent the single best renewable technology for
space heating applications. The ratio between electrical energy input and heating energy output allows for few comparisons – they are, in short, the best at what they do. Yet the GSHP market in the UK has not been fully developed, even in tandem with Government support mechanisms such as the Green Deal or the Renewable Heat Incentive. High initial and residual costs often eclipses actual long-term benefits, meaning GSHPs are not seen as a valid option for many projects within the built environment. This paper takes a holistic approach to GSHP deployment, and explores novel ways in which the full benefits of GSHPs
can be realised. Critically, this integrated approach places the real and increasing problem of fuel poverty at the heart of the solution.