DNO UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a hybrid low carbon heating system trial together with gas network Wales & West Utilities (WWU). The HyCompact project will see single-unit hybrid systems that include a gas boiler and an air source heat pump, controlled by smart software, installed in seven homes in Wales, London and the South and East of England. It will look to demonstrate that such units can be easily retrofitted into millions of homes to reduce emissions. They can be fitted directly into homes, hung on the wall where the existing conventional boiler is. When renewable electricity is available, the heat pump will be used, with the control system switching to green gas at other times, enabling full decarbonisation of heat according to UKPN and WWU. Additionally, homeowners will be able to benefit from lower cost electricity, taking full advantage of abundant and cheap renewables whenever possible.
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