15 October 2016

Heat Pumps Offer a Huge Potential for Flexibility on a Smart Grid and Unlocking it is Not (Just) a Technical Issue


Domestic heat pumps will be the largest electricity appliance in the house. These heat pumps can shift electrical power to heat, and with thermal storage postpone demand. Therefore, heat pumps can potentially deliver flexibility to the grid and enable intermittent renewable energy integration. But in order to unlock this flexibility, these heat pumps must be made smart to have some sort of communication with the grid (or with other consumers or producers of energy). This article will explore this broad topic and will show that this are not just technical barriers that have to be overcome.