The Heat Pump Ready programme supports 36 projects across 2 streams: High-density deployment and Optimised solutions development.

Greenwich thermal infrastructure motivating electrification (Greenwich TIME)

  • Lead organisation: Element Energy Limited (UK)
  • Location: Greenwich, Greater London
  • Location category: Urban
  • Heat Pump Ready grant value: £199,170.95
  • Project partners: Kensa Contracting Limited, DG Cities, Nationwide Building Society, Heat Geek Limited, OVO Energy Ltd
  • Project subcontractors: I C Consultants Limited, UK Power Networks Limited

Project overview

The Greenwich TIME project aims to decouple the capital cost barrier of ground-source loops from customers to help enable high-density heat pump deployment. This will be achieved by harnessing the power of networked heat pumps distributed on a shared ground array. The project explores the potential to decouple the up-front capital cost barrier of the ground side installation from customers via financing in a manner similar to how existing domestic services are funded, and aims to develop a methodology which would enable consumers to replace their boiler with a networked heat pump in a way that is simple to understand and adopt, with minimal household disruption.

The project will design a home service package, which would be offered to households by an electricity supplier, including: a mains connection, easy appliance swap-out, and low long-term running cost. Varied consumer engagement and adoption methods will be tested to better understand the optimal service offer and the method of communication that is needed for rapid uptake.

This project was supported during phase 1 of Heat Pump Ready to prepare a feasibility study. The final report is published below: