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

Renewable heat infrastructure network operating system (RHINOS)

  • Lead organisation: Leeds City Council
  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Location category: Urban
  • Heat Pump Ready grant value: £197,928.49
  • Project partners: Kensa Contracting Limited, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Arup, Legal & General, Parity Projects, Otley Energy, IRT Survey Ltd
  • Project subcontractors: No subcontractors

Project overview

The RHINOS project in Leeds aims to reduce the lifetime costs of domestic heat pumps and associated infrastructure through innovation and deployment of shared ground arrays for heat pumps as a New Utility. This promotes an area-based approach, long-advocated by Leeds City Council, which brings several additional benefits including coordinated grid upgrades, encouraging deployment across private and social housing, and providing a catalyst for neighbourhood regeneration.

A key part of this project is to strengthen partnerships between all stakeholders in Leeds involved in heat pump technology, energy infrastructure and domestic housing stock sectors to build confidence and to provide a suitable consumer offer. The project will aim to provide an evidence-based approach that enables replicable investment pathways for similar high-density heat pump deployment across the UK and provide confidence to encourage investment and scaled-up deployment of shared ground loop heat pump solutions.

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