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Heating industry unites over GAHP inclusion in RHI

SEA chief executive Dave Sowden
SEA chief executive Dave Sowden

Leading heating industry stakeholders (Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, Sustainable Energy Association, UKLPG, Baxi, British Gas, Calor, Robur, Viessmann and Worcester Bosch) have joined forces to support the inclusion of gas absorption heat pumps (GAHPs) in the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) under the upcoming formal review of the scheme.

According to the group, by combining two established technologies, a high efficiency modern condensing gas boiler and an air source heat pump, GAHPs provide an efficient and low carbon way to utilise gas and LP gas in homes across the UK.  Cost-effective use of gas has the potential to reduce energy bills immediately and the technology itself provides an easy transition from conventional boilers for consumers.

Roger Webb, director of the Hot Water and Industry Council (HHIC) said: GAHPs are an alternative means of delivering renewable heat in the UK by making use of the existing gas infrastructure. Inclusion in the RHI is important to demonstrate their value and to drive up sales of these products.”

Dave Sowden chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) said: “A crucial part of the non-domestic RHI review process is to ensure the right mix of technologies is available to support the intentions of the scheme and help to achieve the UK’s renewables targets. We would support the inclusion of additional technologies where they can be shown to meet the defined qualifying criteria and provide a cost-effective contribution. GAHPs are one such example of a technology with this potential and should be included in this review.”