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Diffusion, user experiences and performance of UK domestic heat pumps

Roy, Robin and Caird, Sally (2013). Diffusion, user experiences and performance of UK domestic heat pumps. Energy Science and Technology, 6(2) pp. 14–23.

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Heat pumps for space and water heating are recognised by EU governments as a key technology to meet carbon reduction and renewable energy targets, especially as electricity supplies are decarbonised. As a result of many socio-economic and technical factors, heat pumps are well-established in some EU countries, while in others including the UK, the market is immature. A field trial of heat pumps, found that UK domestic heat pumps performed less efficiently than those in Germany and Switzerland. This paper reports on the experiences and satisfaction of users in the field trial and the influence of technical and user factors on system efficiency. A comparative site analysis indicates that many interacting factors affect heat pump efficiency, including dwelling energy efficiency; heat pump system design and installation quality; and some of the characteristics and different heating behaviours of private householders and social housing tenants. The implications for low carbon energy policies, heat pump design and diffusion are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Cultures
ISSN: 1923-8479
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetHigher Education Innovation Fund’s ‘Carbon Connections’ programme
Not SetNot SetThe Energy Saving Trust
Keywords: renewable heat; domestic heat pumps; consumers and users
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 38813
Depositing User: Sally Caird
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 08:58
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:29
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