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Ground Source Heat Pump Association Q&A

We caught up with the GSHPA to talk all things ground source.

Do you feel that the national media often overlooks ground source heat pumps when discussing clean heat?
As the Ground Source Heat Pump Association, we certainly feel that the national media tends to overlook ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) when discussing clean heat solutions. Despite their incredible efficiency and sustainability benefits, they often receive less attention compared to other renewable heating technologies. This oversight can hinder public awareness and adoption of GSHPs as a viable option for clean heat.

Has the Boiler Upgrade Scheme led to an increase in uptake of GSHPs?
While the Boiler Upgrade Scheme has undoubtedly contributed to an increase in the awareness of heat pumps in general and the specific uptake of air source heat pumps, the flat rate grant does not reflect the additional costs associated with installing ground source heat pumps. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) did, but we have seen a dramatic decrease in domestic ground source since this scheme ended.

However, due to their incredible efficiencies and some innovative products and business models being developed, we expect to see shared loop systems and place/space decarbonisation being a big opportunity for the domestic ground source heat pump market.

What can be done to increase understanding of the benefits of ground source cooling?
Increasing understanding of the benefits of ground source cooling requires a multi-faceted approach. Educational campaigns targeting both consumers and industry professionals are essential. Highlighting the energy efficiency, cost savings, and environmental advantages of ground source cooling through various channels such as workshops, seminars, online resources, and case studies can help raise awareness and promote its adoption.

The Kingston Heights water source heat pump project was heralded as a gamechanger a decade ago. How has this area of the sector progressed since?
The Kingston Heights water source heat pump project was indeed groundbreaking a decade ago, showcasing the immense potential of water source heat pumps in large-scale developments. Since then, this area of the sector has likely progressed significantly, with advancements in technology, regulations, and best practices.

How should installers looking to upskill to GSHPs go about finding the right training?
For installers looking to upskill to GSHPs, finding the right training is crucial. They should seek accredited training programmes offered by reputable institutions or organisations specialising in renewable energy and heat pump technology. Industry associations, such as ours, often provide resources and guidance on training opportunities. Additionally, attending industry conferences, and networking with experienced GSHP installers can help identify the most suitable training pathways. Continuous education and staying updated on the latest advancements are essential for success in the GSHP sector.

Find out more at gshp.org.uk or head to stand 5H13 at InstallerSHOW.

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