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Article Date: 5th December 2013

Daikin Welcomes Government Commitment to Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps - Heat Pumps - Renewable Heating

Daikin Peter Verkempynck

Peter Verkempynck, Managing Director at Daikin UK, has welcomed the announcement that from 4th December 2013, air-to-water heat pumps are included in the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Installations of air-to-water heat pumps (AWHP)are now eligible for a tariff of 2.5p/kWh. The new tariff, effective immediately, will apply to AWHPs, regardless of size, which now means building owners have a greater choice of renewable heating technologies supported by the RHI.

“As a supplier of Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pumps, this is excellent news which will help stimulate growth in the renewable heating sector and help the government meet its 2020 renewable energy targets,” Verkempynck said.

In his statement to parliament, Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker said: “The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives.” He added: “It is vital that we get the level of support right so that the market can invest with confidence.”

The announcement recognises that AWHPs have an important role to play in decarbonising heating, particularly in the retrofit market.

“By recognising air-to-water heat pumps as a viable alternative to fossil fuel systems, this helps ensure parity with other renewable technologies and gives commercial building owners a full range of options to reduce their running costs,” Verkempynck added.

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