We’re proud to be part of this hugely important project to help the industry better understand how we can continue to get heat pumps into customers’ homes as efficiently and effectively as possible. Feasibility projects such as this one are crucial if we’re going to install the number of heat pumps needed to meet the UK’s net zero targets. Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK
Sustainable solutions provider E.ON has been chosen to lead a Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded project which will explore how energy efficient heat pumps can be installed in homes across the UK in the most sustainable and cost-effective way.
BEIS’ ‘Heat Pump Ready’ programme is made up of eleven projects in total. For this project, E.ON will work with Newcastle City Council, Northern Power Grid and Clean Air Ventures as they launch the innovative Heatio Energy. Together over the next six months, the companies will be developing the blueprint for installing 750 heat pumps in homes across Newcastle upon Tyne.
The initial phase of the project will investigate how to ensure the electricity network is ready for the widescale rollout of heat pumps, by targeting areas of the city that have capacity for largescale heat pump installations and helping identify areas where grid upgrades may be necessary.
The project will also look at ways to use innovative technology, such as drones and digital lasers scanners, to carry out surveys on homes across the city. This technology will help to reduce the time taken for the survey, as well as improve the accuracy of the data captured, to ensure heat pumps can be designed in the most accurate way for the customer.
Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said “We’re proud to be part of this hugely important project to help the industry better understand how we can continue to get heat pumps into customers’ homes as efficiently and effectively as possible. Feasibility projects such as this one are crucial if we’re going to install the number of heat pumps needed to meet the UK’s net zero targets.
“We’ve been installing heat pumps in homes across the UK for many years and we understand how critical they are to making homes more comfortable, more efficient and cheaper to heat. Achieving net zero requires us all to take action for climate, and installing heat pumps in our homes is one of the key ways we can do this.”
Cllr Jane Byrne, Cabinet Member for Connected, Clean City at Newcastle City Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with partners on this innovative project which could benefit hundreds of residents across the city.
“We have already seen through the ‘Electrification of Heat’ project, where heat pumps were installed in over 300 homes, how effective they can be in making homes greener and cheaper to run.
“This project is exactly the type of collaboration we need to make homes in our city better for the environment as we strive to deliver a Net Zero Newcastle.”
Heatio Founder, Simon Roberts, said; “We’re delighted to have been awarded this project and look forward to working alongside the team at E.ON to develop new and innovative ways to carry out largescale heat pump deployment. It's an incredibly exciting time for the heat pump sector, and we’re thrilled to have been selected to address the challenge of getting the UK Heat Pump Ready.”
E.ON has already installed free energy efficient heat pumps in over 300 homes across Newcastle as part of the ‘Electrification of Heat’ project funded by BEIS.
E.ON and Newcastle City Council will soon begin engaging with communities and residents to identify suitable households who could most benefit from a heat pump installation.