ACR-News
3 September 2010

Caution urged over "leaked" heat pump report

HEAT pump manufacturer Stiebel Eltron has described speculation on the findings of an unreleased study into the effectiveness of heat pump performances in the UK as 'reckless and irresponsible.'
'It is vital we do not allow this unhelpful leak of a half-baked report to distort the truth about heat pumps,' said Stiebel Eltron's UK operations director John Felgate referring to a Daily Telegraph website report that new unpublished trials by the Energy Savings Trust (EST) showed heat pumps to be only variably effective at heating homes.

A comprehensive monitoring programme by the EST to collect detailed performance measurements and customer behaviour from a sample of 83 domestic ground and air source heat pump installations across the UK has been going on for over a year. Publication of the results was due at the end of July.

A spokesman for the EST allegedly told the Telegraph: 'Our responsibility to the public and the industry means we need to be 100% sure that the data have been fully understood and cross-referenced before this can be publicly released.'
The spokesman is reported to have admitted that the results indicated wide-ranging performance: 'We are aiming to secure funding for a second phase of the trial, so we can work out what is causing this variation, focusing on exactly what determines a high-performing heat pump retrofit installation, and ensure this becomes standard practice,' he told the Telegraph.

Stiebel Eltron's UK operations director John Felgate urged 'utmost caution' in dealing with what he described as 'the leaked findings of an incomplete study.'

Mr Felgate said leaking the report against the wishes of the authors, who have said they are still unsure about its findings, is 'reckless and irresponsible' and could seriously undermine Government plans to introduce the Renewable Energy Heat Incentive in Spring next year.

Referring to similar schemes on the continent he said: 'The schemes have proved hugely effective in Germany and France in encouraging people to go green.' adding that without the RHI the UK's ability to hit its green heat targets would be dealt a body blow.

'We must wait for the report to be rigorously tested and properly finished before jumping to conclusions. The RHI Is critical to the microgeneration industry and this ill-informed report must not derail it. he added.

World Refrigeration Day

Industry has embraced the inaugural World Refrigeration Day (WRD) with events happening all over the world....

  25-Jun-2019

Get the best quality indoor air with Vaisala’s HVAC meters

Ventilation indoors must be carried out as energy efficiently as possible; too much of it will waste energy, and too little of it affects employees’ well-being....

  05-Aug-2019

New Zanotti GM Wall Mounted Monoblock

AFR Refrigeration Ltd introduces the new GM range of through wall mounted monoblocks with refreshed modern appearance and upgraded touch style control panel keypad.
  16-Aug-2019
ACR News is the number one magazine in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Don’t miss out, subscribe today!
Subcribe to ACR News

Diary

25th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration
International Conference on Compressors and their Systems
TQ Environmental "Refrigerant & Gas Monitoring" Mark Scott
Hampshire Cool Talk Breakfast Briefing
Queen Mary University "Enhanced condensation heat transfer" Huasheng Wang