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8 September 2010

Industry welcomes heat pump report

THE Energy Saving Trust report into the performance of heat pumps in the UK has been welcomed by industry groups.
The study published today and based upon year-long monitoring of the performance of 83 separate heat pump systems around the UK, observed widely differing performances but confirmed that well designed and installed systems performed well. Concerns were raised in a number of areas, however, including poor system design and commissioning.

The Heat Pump Association welcomed the report and accepted the reports findings that a significant increase in system design and installer training was needed

'The Trials have been a steep learning curve for all involved due to the difference from more traditional heating products,' noted an HPA spokesman, adding: 'The momentum created by manufacturers and MCS is growing, but a lot more training initiatives are now needed to support the ever-increasing numbers of heat pumps being installed.

Meanwhile BEAMA, the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association said that the study confirmed much of the industry's current thinking.

'The interim conclusions are broadly in line with the trial's expected outcomes and confirm what industry professionals were already aware of,' said BEAMA marketing director Kelly Butler. 'For example, we are aware that heat pumps work optimally with low temperature heat distribution systems and are best suited to well insulated dwellings.

Butler also accepted many of the criticisms found in the report: 'It is well recognised that poor heat pump performance can be attributed strongly to poor design and system commissioning,' she said.

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