Project Re-Heat will see the installation of 150 heat pumps in domestic dwellings in the East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire and Highland regions.
These will be connected to thermal storage units that will allow households to be flexible in terms of their energy demand for heating.
Led by the Scottish Government, SP Energy Networks (SPEN) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), the aim of the Re-Heat Project is to help find the best way to decarbonise home heating in Scotland as the country works to achieve neutrality. greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
It is the first large-scale trial of electrified heat by distribution network operators and will develop technical and commercial solutions that can be deployed across the country as demand for green power increases.
Estimates suggest that more than a million homes will convert to green heating systems, such as heat pumps, as part of the drive to achieve climate goals and move away from fossil fuels such as natural gas and oil.
Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings Patrick Harvie said: “Achieving our ambitious climate targets will require rapid reductions in carbon emissions from our homes and buildings.
“I am pleased that the Scottish Government can support this innovative project, which demonstrates how we can cut carbon emissions faster by installing smart systems that use our growing energy resource efficiently.
“It also highlights that, by working together with public and private sector partners, we can ensure that our homes and buildings are climate friendly and provide benefits to local communities and economies across the country.”
Heat pumps are devices that transfer thermal energy from one point to another, the same type of technology used to cool refrigerators.
For home heating, pumps take the potential thermal energy from the outside air, or from the ground or water, and use it to heat the interior.
The devices are considered green because they don’t rely on burning fossil fuels to generate heat.
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“Achieving net-zero emissions by 2045 will only be possible if we start working on real solutions to support heat decarbonization now,” said Scott Mathieson, director of regulation and network planning at SPEN.
“Our electricity networks are at the heart of the transition to a low-carbon Scotland, but we need to ensure they can cope with the significant increase in demand that we are projecting as more and more low-carbon heating solutions come online. our network.”
Stewart Reid, director of future networks at SSEN, added: “We already have 7,500 heat pumps installed on our network in the north of Scotland and we anticipate this to rise to half a million by the middle of this century.
“The Re-Heat Project will be vital in building our understanding of how we cost-effectively manage this and making sure our network is ready.”
The Scottish Government, SPEN and SSEN are part of a strategic thermal electrification partnership, which will focus on accelerating the decarbonisation of heating in Scotland.
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