The Climate Action Plan 2019 sets an ambitious target of installing 600,000 heat pumps in domestic and non-domestic properties by 2030. It also has ambitions for the electrification of heating systems by way of decarbonisation of the electrical grid by 70% through wind and other renewable technologies.
A lot of work and research has led to the uptake of domestic heat pumps in Ireland and the increasing figures show that additional funding models have helped Initial trouble-shooting and technical capabilities have been resolved and more reliable systems are now available.
While the domestic market is stabilised, the non-domestic heat pump market is not as well served. Project reviews and queries in relation to the provision of heat pumps as replacements for large gas/oil fired boiler houses are leaving designers nervous.
Research and pathway projects are looking at heat pump technology to serve The non-domestic market, and to meet the demands of thermal comfort in larger buildings. Air-to-water heat pumps are currently the favoured technology in some new and retrofit projects, although questions raised can be considered for all heat pump technologies.
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