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BEIS plans digital platform for heat pump market

06/09/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is planning to develop a digital platform to support the development of the market for low carbon electric heat pumps.

It has indicated that the platform will record sales data on heat pumps and fossil fuels boilers, calculate and record manufacturers’ obligations on the proportion of sales of the two, collect heat pump credit trading data and support information management and communication with market participants.

This is part of a broader plan to introduce a Clean Heat Market Mechanism (CHMM) in 2024. This will be aimed at creating a market incentive to increase the number of heat pumps installed in existing premises each year, and will involve an obligation on manufacturers to sell a certain number of heat pumps proportional to fossil fuel boiler sales.

BEIS has published a market notice for support in a discovery project to understand the requirements for a minimum viable product of the platform.

It is considering whether it might need a bespoke system or be able to meet some requirements with existing products.

The users would be boiler and heat pump manufacturers and scheme administrators.

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