BEIS announces heat demonstration project

BEIS is aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale roll-out of heat pumps through its Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project.

Announced on 28 August, the project will install heat pumps in a representative range of 750 homes, alongside new products and services that strive to overcome some of the barriers to deployment. The project’s objectives include demonstrating heat pumps – including gas-electric hybrids – are able to deliver high consumer satisfaction across a wide range of consumers in Great Britain; to demonstrate the practice and technical feasibility of heat pumps across the country’s housing stock; and to capture learning from the project to improve awareness across the heating supply chain.

Around £16.5mn is to be made available for the project’s delivery, with it seeking to recruit enough participants to deliver 1,800 home suitability surveys. This will enable understanding of the technical and practical feasibility of a large-scale roll-out of heat pumps. It will then install and monitor 750 heat pumps across a representative range of homes, the majority of which will be on the gas grid.

BEIS is seeking to appoint a management contractor to manage and coordinate the project on its behalf; three regional delivery contractors to deliver the project; and an independent evaluation contractor to evaluate the overall delivery of the project against agreed performance indicators and metrics. The deadline for the invitation to tender for the management contractor is 25 September at 2pm, while the invitations to tender for the delivery contractors and evaluation contractor will be announced in the autumn.