21 August 2019

The Added Value of Heat Pumps for Grid Stability via Demand Response

As a consequence of the energy transition, the share of electricity generated from variable, intermittent (and hence less manageable) renewable energy sources (RES) is rising considerably. In order to still guarantee the required quasi-instantaneous balance between supply and demand, there is a clear need for demand side flexibility. One
interesting application field offering a great potential for demand side flexibility is the residential heating sector, with heat pumps (HP) coupled to thermal energy storage (TES) as one of the key technologies. This article aims at
illustrating what can be done in terms of demand response (DR) with heat pumps, by discussing results from research,
demonstration projects, and even commercial cases.