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Joint venture to encourage GAHP usage

Gas absorption heat pump (GAHP) developers today have published a position paper setting out how this renewable technology can deliver cost and carbon reductions, without loss of comfort or costly infrastructure upgrades.

The Government’s Heat Strategy recognises that GAHPs have an important role to play to decarbonise heat supply; however the technology is not supported under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

According to the developers, GAHPs are the most efficient available natural gas (or LP Gas) fired heating solution.

The companies argue that by combining two established technologies, a traditional gas boiler and an air source heat pump, GAHPs provide an efficient and low carbon way to utilise gas in homes across the UK.

The developers agree that cost-effective use of gas has the potential to reduce energy bills and the technology itself can provide an easy transition for consumers from conventional boilers.

Baxi, British Gas, Calor and Robur have decided to undertake a joint initiative to work with policy stakeholders to deliver the long-term strategic potential for the technology foreseen in the Government’s Heat Strategy. The main objectives of this initiative are:

  • Achieving RHI eligibility and inclusion in the next formal non-domestic RHI review; RHI support is key in order to kick-start the GAHP market and enable a level playing field with other low carbon heating solutions in the UK.
  • Receiving increased policy recognition in Scotland’s Heat Generation Policy Statement which is expected to be published early 2014.
  • Increasing awareness, visibility and exposure for GAHPs and their potential to contribute to the attainment of energy strategy objectives

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