UK Ground Pumps Could Meet Third of Green Heat Aim
source heat pumps could supply a third of Britain's renewable heat
target by 2020 according to a new report by the Environment
technology which uses energy stored in the ground to heat buildings
and provide hot water could be installed in hundreds of thousands
of homes and offices by the end of the next decade, a report has
There are currently
around 8,000 ground source heat pumps systems in the UK, far
fewer than in other European countries such as Sweden, although the
market is expanding rapidly - and doubled last year from 4,000 to
a report for the Environment Agency said the technology could be
installed in 320,000 homes and businesses by 2020, with support
from the Government.
if enough support is given, through the Renewable Heat Incentive
which comes in in 2012 and will pay homeowners and businesses a
guarantee price for generating renewable heat, more than one
million could be put in place.
the top end of its potential, ground source heat technology could
be installed in more than one in 10 homes and in 40% of commercial
if growth is limited to being installed in 320,000 homes and
business - 1% of households and 11% of commercial buildings, it
could provide 30% of the renewable heat the UK needs to produce to
meet its goals to supply renewable energy by 2020.
Grayling, head of climate change and sustainable development at the
Environment Agency, said: "Ground source heating is a rapidly
growing technology that has the potential to produce at least 30%
of the country's renewable heat needs, but it needs financial
support in order to grow.
would like to see this technology given adequate financial support
through the new renewable heat incentive to meet its full potential
in the UK."
Press Association, 9th December 2009