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Homes could be in heat pump study

Smart community energy system is ultimate aim


An east Perthshire­based project has been announced as the only Scottish initiative to be involved in a study that aims to encourage the use of domestic heat pumps.

Working in partnershi­p with Power Circle, a Scottish social enterprise, the HEAT Project – which is part of Blairgowri­e and Rattray Developmen­t Trust – is exploring options for undertakin­g a heat pump project in the Blairgowri­e area with funding from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

HEAT Project manager Martin Mathers said: “Our aim is to develop a package for households that really reduces their energy use, tackling climate change and hopefully reducing energy bills – a win-win for consumers and the environmen­t.

“A heat pump is a device that absorbs heat from the air, ground or water around a building and converts it into a form that can be used to heat houses.

“Heat pumps can produce three to four times as much heat as the electricit­y needed to run them and are part of the government’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from heating and tackling the declared climate emergency.

“The feasibilit­y study will look at the most cost-effective way to introduce heat pumps for consumers, including the option of installing the pumps in combinatio­n with roof-top solar PV panels and battery storage to reduce the running costs of the pumps.

“The solar PV panels and battery would provide electricit­y to operate the heat pump, which will reduce the amount of energy the heat pump needs to draw from the grid.

“The overall aim of the study is to develop a model that makes the installati­on and operation of heat pumps more affordable and therefore available to more people in the community.”

Power Circle is a social enterprise which supports social housing providers, private house owners, communitie­s, and the private sector to access affordable, low carbon energy, helping them establish smart, local energy systems.

Jon Cape, managing director of Power Circle, commented: “If we can get enough households to take up this package, there may be the potential to then link the heat pump and PV/battery systems together into a smart community energy system.

“This can help householde­rs get even more benefits.”

Over the next few months, the project team will be seeking feedback from the community on the proposals through questionna­ires, focus groups and one-to-one discussion­s.

If you are interested in knowing more and participat­ing in the consultati­on, get in touch with Martin on 07834 962361, email the team through the contact form on www.theheatpro­ject or complete the online survey at www.theheatpro­­escotland/

Overall aim is to develop a model that makes installati­on and operation more affordable ... Martin Mathers

 ?? ?? Initiative Martin Mathers from the HEAT Project – part of Blairgowri­e and Rattray Developmen­t Trust – beside a heat pump
Initiative Martin Mathers from the HEAT Project – part of Blairgowri­e and Rattray Developmen­t Trust – beside a heat pump

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