New Glen Dimplex heat pump is a class act

Published by Kate Anderson on October 15th, 2013

Irish based renewable heating systems manufacturer and installer Glen Dimplex has launched its next generation ‘A Class’ air source heat pump, which is believed to be the most efficient heat pump available in the UK and Ireland. 

Designed and built at a cost of £4 million, after three years of research, the company believes the A Class heat pump has the potential to revolutionise the way in which we heat our homes and hot water. At least 2,000 units are set to be manufactured in 2014 at the company’s two factories in Newry and Portadown, Northern Ireland, which will create an additional 55 jobs over the next three years.

Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the outside air which is used for space heating and hot water, and are capable of performing even at sub zero temperatures. Air source systems can be retro fitted and installed into new builds and can cost between £4,000 and £10,000 to install. Designed to help households reduce their energy bills, a four bed family home could achieve savings of around £1,000 a year by replacing their boiler with the A Class air source heat pump.

Aside from the financial savings, air source heat pumps help to lower a household’s carbon emissions. According to Glen Dimplex, replacing a gas boiler with their new air source heat pump is equivalent to one less car on the road; if replacing an oil boiler it’s the equivalent of taking two cars off the road.

A world leader in intelligent electric heating and renewable energy solutions, Glen Dimplex was founded in 1973 and today the company spans four continents and employs more than 10,000 people. A supplier of state-of-the-art renewable heating systems, Dimplex has been active in the heat pump market for over 30 years.

Speaking at the launch of the A Class earlier this month, sustainability expert and TV presenter Dick Strawbridge said: “The future is sustainability and the future is renewables.”

Read more about air source heat pump prices and savings.

Heat pump MCS deadline inches closer

Published by Kate Anderson on September 26th, 2013

Time is running out to register your ground source and air source heat pumps on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme database. If you own one of these renewable heating products you have until 4pm on Tuesday 22 October to get your system registered. 

You must meet the deadline if you want to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which goes live next year. By registering your system you’ll be eligible to apply for the RHI and get paid for generating your own renewable heat.

The domestic RHI tariffs were announced back in July, with the Government confirming owners of ground source heat pumps who meet the qualifying criteria will receive 18.8p/kWh. Households who have installed air source heat pumps (air-to-water) would achieve a rate of 7.3p/kWh if they signed up for the domestic scheme. Air-to-air heat pumps are not eligible for the RHI.

Heat pumps installed on or after 15 July 2009 are eligible for the RHI, but in order to apply for the scheme you will need your unique MCS installation number, which appears on the MCS certificate you should have received after your heat pump system was installed. Without this you won’t be able to make an RHI application.

Other adopters of green heating technologies, such as solar water heating and biomass boilers will also need to make sure their systems are registered on the MCS database.

If you haven’t received your MCS installer certificate number get in touch with the company who carried out your heat pump installation and get your system registered on the MCS database before 22 October, otherwise you’ll miss out on one of the key benefits of installing green heating technolgies – RHI tariff payments.

What will I need to register for the RHI?

When the RHI launches you will require the following to apply for tariff payments:

  • Your MCS certificate installer number
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Green Deal assessment report
  • Loft and cavity walls insulated to the minimum standards

RHI applications are to be administered by Ofgem. When completing your application form you must also declare whether you have received funding from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) as this will need to be deducted from RHI payments.


Kensa secures RHPP funding for social housing providers

Published by Kate Anderson on August 19th, 2013

A UK manufacturer of ground source heat pumps has managed to secure renewable heat funding for five social housing providers keen to switch to heat pumps as a cost effective method of heating their housing stock.

A joint bid with Kensa Engineering for funding from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme proved successful, enabling social housing providers including Devon & Cornwall Housing Ltd and Yorkshire Housing Ltd to take advantage of the renewable heating scheme.

Registered social landlords have the opportunity to bid for RHPP Fast Track funding to support the installation of renewable heating systems like heat pumps in social housing stock. A total funding pot of £7 million was on the table, and combined the five lucky social housing providers – which also includes Shropshire Rural Housing Ltd, Ocean Housing and Tarka Housing – share funds in excess of £2 million.

Kensa is commited to helping social housing providers secure financial assistance and continues to work together with a number of social housing providers in order to secure additional funding for retrofitting renewable heating technologies like heat pumps through the RHPP Social Housing Competition.

The Fast Track competition has proved popular, with more than fifty applications, of which seven were for ground source heat pumps.

Bids were scored against strict criteria, which included:

  • Value for money
  • Energy savings
  • Deliverability
  • Community engagement

All of the successful social housing providers must have their retrofit ground source heat pump projects completed before the end of March 2014.

Heat Pumps For Pontefract Social Housing

Published by Kate Anderson on December 20th, 2011

A new £5 million social housing development in Pontefract is to benefit from renewable energy technologies, including the installation of ground source heat pumps.

Built on a brownfield site by one of the country’s largest social housing providers Yorkshire Housing, energy efficiency is a high priority for the new build homes. Each of the development’s 49 properties have been assessed for their energy needs and will feature sustainable technologies to help reduce tenants’ energy bills and the impact on the environment .

Two semi-detached properties at Upton near Pontefract will be fitted with Danfoss ground source heat pumps, supplying a ground floor underfloor heating system as well as providing a constant supply of domestic hot water.

“An increasing number of social housing providers are investing in heat pumps both to reduce carbon emissions and to provide their tenants with a means of low cost heating,” said Danfoss Heat Pumps UK director Chris Dale.

Based in Sheffield, Danfoss have over 13 years of experience in the heat pump market. They recently completed a similar project in Rotherham which led them to be recommend for the Pontefract development.

According to Ged Walsh, the Business and Development Director at Yorkshire Housing, the social housing provider prides itself on delivering environmentally-friendly homes that feature.

“We are always looking for reliable and sustainable products in the market that will have a real cost benefit for our tenants and improve the efficiencies of our homes,” he added.

Entries Wanted for 2012 National Heat Pump Awards

Published by Kate Anderson on December 13th, 2011

Following on from the success of the first annual Heat Pump Awards back in June, applications are being invited for 2012, which will see manufacturers, contractors and consultants vying for top honours.

Celebrating the industry’s best new products, projects and personal contributions, the first annual heat pump awards saw 60 entries competing for awards in 10 categories.

Now set to be an annual event in the industry’s calendar, the 2012 awards will feature 11 categories and the competition is once again backed by leading names in the heat pump industry.

“The first year produced a good number of entries and indications of a growing market,” said Tony Bowen, chairman of the panel of judges.

He added that this year emphasis has been placed on evidence of performance monitoring, and that people need to be able to see evidence surrounding low running costs related to ground source and air source heat pumps.

Deadline for entries is 2 March 2012, in the following categories:

  • Domestic Air Source Installation of the Year
  • Domestic Ground Source Installation of the Year
  • Commercial Air Source Installation of the Year
  • Commercial Ground Source Installation of the Year
  • Product Innovation of the Year – Heat Pumps
  • Product Innovation of the Year – Ancillary Components
  • Training Excellence Award
  • Public Sector Project of the Year
  • Installer of the Year
  • Consultant of the Year
  • Heat Pump Champion

For more information and to enter, visit

New Heat Pump Installer Standard Good News For the Industry

Published by Kate Anderson on November 15th, 2011

Dimplex Renewables has welcomed the introduction of the new installer standard for heat pumps, saying it will be good news for the renewable heating industry.

Launched in September, the heat pump industry has worked with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to set the new standards in place, which are designed to not only give customers better protection, but should ultimately increase the quality of heat pump installations across the board.

Perhaps one of the most common errors is the under-sizing of systems, which leads to decreased efficiency. But with the introduction of the new Microgeneration Installation Standard (MIS) 3005, new guidance has been set down to help achieve the correct sizing of heat pumps.

The right choice of heat emitters and achieving adequate heat yield from ground collectors is equally important, and the new measures should address those issues.

“The new standard is a great piece of work that will help make working with heat pumps more accessible to more installers – and that has to be good news for the industry,” said Chris Davis, business development director at Dimplex.

The new installer standards will become mandatory next month.

New Industry Standards For Heat Pump Installers Launched

Published by Kate Anderson on September 26th, 2011

A new set of industry standards has been launched, designed to give customers more protection and raise the quality of installations.

Major players in the renewables industry were at Whitehall to see energy secretary Chris Huhne make the announcement. And Mr Huhne revealed that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has worked very closely with the heat pump industry to set in place the new standards. 

Referring to the Energy Saving Trust’s innovative heat pump field trial – and the uncertainty surrounding the technology’s performance – Chris Huhne highlighted a series of common fatal errors incurred by heat pump installers. Most notably the under-sizing of the systems, which results in decreased efficiency.

Green energy specialists, Stiebel Eltron welcomed the news. John Felgate, the firm’s technical director said the new set of industry standards was good news for both manufacturers and installers – and not least consumers looking to invest in the benefits of heat pump technology.

“Installers need a set of guidelines to ensure that heat pumps achieve the carbon savings they are supposed to, as well as ensuring that consumers feel secure and protected,” said Mr Felgate.

Adding that there has been too many horror stories concerning cowboy installations and badly performing systems, he added: “We have to now present a unified front and get the message out there that we are a well regulated, quality industry with excellent practices.”

While the new installer standards are now in place, they won’t become mandatory until December. It is imperative that the new standards are adhered to, because installers who don’t follow the guidelines risk losing their accreditation under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Under the new set of guidelines, except in the most extreme of conditions, the installed heat pump should be able to heat a house almost entirely without needing any back up, electric or otherwise.

Boost For Heat Pump Planning Permission Issues

Published by Kate Anderson on September 21st, 2011

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has given heat pump technology a boost, indicating that planning permission issues pertaining to air source heat pumps should soon be lifted.

As it stands, anyone wanting to install an air source heat pump – as opposed to a ground source heat pump – requires planning permission for the system to be fitted. The planning ruling has been under revision for some time, but it looks as though air source heat pumps are on course to become permitted development sooner rather than later.

The planning permission issue was raised during Mr Huhne’s attendance at the Southampton Eco Event, which was hosted by Freedom Heat Pumps. When broached about the subject, the energy secretary said that although some restrictions – including consideration for noise – still needed to be addressed, the current restrictions were close to be lifted.

Allowing air source heat pumps to be exempt from the planning system would certainly be a boost for the industry. Mr Huhne also spoke very briefly about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and touched on the reasons for the delay when it came to including air source heat pumps in the scheme.

“The data taken during the Carbon Trust study showed that there were still significant problems with the application of air source heat pumps and a further one year study of different installations will allow us to make a more informed decision,” he said, addressing attendees.

Mr Huhne added that a final decision and further announcements should be made in January or February next year.

The event at Freedom Heat Pumps showroom in Eastleigh gave members of the public the opportunity to mingle with renewable heating contractors and learn more about the technologies available.

Heat Pumps Important For Low Carbon Future

Published by Kate Anderson on September 12th, 2011

Energy secretary Chris Huhne is calling on the UK to not overlook the importance of heat pumps, as the technology continues to remain “off the radar” for many people.

A new set of updates to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme MIS3005 guidelines was launched last week, to which the energy secretary has put his weight behind.

The new guidelines have been put together to make sure heat pump installers select the right devices for customers and to help increase investor confidence in the technology. The Government will also be implementing a training and awareness  programme to aid installers.

It is anticipated that the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), together with new stricter guidelines could help the UK achieve its low carbon goals. Although the European Heat Pump Association believes the UK has the potential to become the number one market for new investment, currently we trail behind the likes of Sweden, France and Germany for heat pump installations.

“You only need to talk to the Chief Scientific Adviser for a few minutes before you realise how important heat pumps are,” said Mr Huhne.

“They can play a real part in our low carbon future, yet for most people in the UK they’re entirely off the radar,” he added.

According to the Energy Savings Trust, to date some 1,463 vouchers were issues during the first month of the scheme, with air source heat pumps proving the most popular, having achieved 511 vouchers. Ground source heat pumps had accounted for 283 vouchers.

Also in the pipeline, air source heat pumps could soon benefit from permitted development rights. The Department for Communities and Local Government is working to make the technology exempt from the planning system.

Panasonic’s Aquarea Heat Pump Awarded MCS Accreditation

Published by Kate Anderson on September 1st, 2011

Panasonic’s Aquarea range of air source heat pumps has been awarded accreditation under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Becoming an approved technology under the scheme has significant benefits, not least because it means anyone fitting the technology in their home will be eligible to take advantage of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Aquarea air-to-water heat pumps are known for their reliability, ease of installation and class-leading, energy efficient performance – up to 78% compared to electric heating.

Commenting on achieving MCS accreditation, Marc Diaz, UK country manager at Panasonic PHAAE, said it represented a significant milestone, given the Government incentives and plans to boost the country’s adoption of renewable technologies.

“It ensures that Aquarea will meet the required eligibility criteria demanded by any Government-backed programme, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive.

“With its impressive, energy efficient performance alongside the other benefits it offers, we are confident that it will prove a very popular choice,” added Mr Diaz.

MCS accreditation applies to Panasonic’s standard Aquarea Mono-bloc heat pump.