BRE research identifies low carbon heating technology innovation opportunities for Scottish Enterprise

Following the Scottish Government’s publication of its Heat in Buildings Strategy, BRE was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise to identify technical innovation opportunities in low carbon heating. Our research identified that there is great potential for innovation to bring down the high costs associated with low carbon heating technologies.

We found that the low carbon heating technologies with the potential for technical innovation were air source heat pumps, district heat networks, thermal energy storage and the utilisation of waste heat from industry.

Our research identified technical innovation opportunities in:

  • User-friendly and smart technologies for air source heat pumps
  • Utilisation of waste heat to increase energy efficiency
  • Alternative approaches to district heat networks which could reduce costs

The Scottish government’s Heat in Buildings Strategy indicated that there is a need to rapidly scale up the deployment of zero emissions heating systems. By 2030 over 1 million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings would need to be converted to zero emissions heat.

Designed to demonstrate new business opportunities for enterprise and value for consumers, our technical innovation needs assessment will help to build an evidence base to support local businesses overcome the innovation challenges in the development of low carbon heat solutions. The project also highlighted the need for increasing consumer awareness around low carbon heating technologies…Read more