The UK’s home heating landscape is dominated by gas boilers, which are responsible for around 14% of our national carbon emissions. To decarbonise the UK and reach net zero, households will need to transition to low-carbon alternatives such as heat pumps – but without intelligent design and rollout, the electrification of heat can increase the demand on the grid, particularly at peak times, costing billions in future upgrade costs over the coming decades.
In an upcoming report from Nesta and the Centre for Net Zero, we explore results from a pilot project designed to test the potential of automation in unlocking heat pump flexibility, shifting electricity demand away from peak times. To mark the launch of our report, we gathered experts from the green energy sector on Tuesday 12 September from 12:00-13:15 GMT to explore our findings and share our plans to implement a larger-scale trial in Winter 2023-24.
Nesta’s sustainable future Mission Manager Andy Regan discussed our insights with Behavioural Scientist Oli Berry, and Daniel Lopez-Garcia, Research Manager at Centre for Net Zero. They were joined by an expert panel: Jenny Crawley, Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Energy Institute, and Adam Smith, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
Why you should watch the recording
This event is relevant for those who work in the energy industry, particularly: network operators, system operators, energy suppliers, policy-makers and regulators. It would also be of interest to anyone working in the sector more broadly particularly: third party flexibility aggregators, heat pump manufacturers, smart device manufacturers, consumer groups or academics working on heat decarbonisation.
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