OVO Energy to lead UK’s largest Zero-Carbon Heating Trial

Led by OVO Energy, one of the UK’s largest Zero-Carbon Heating Trials hopes to show how innovative technologies can provide better, low carbon ways of heating the home.

OVO Energy, along with a team of experts, is leading one of the UK’s largest Zero-Carbon Heating Trials to demonstrate a practical and low-cost solution in creating zero-carbon homes. By installing up to £15,000 worth of technology in homes, the trial hopes to aid the UK in reducing emissions from residential heating.

With their partners, KaluzaSunampRetrofit Works and Parity Projects, OVO Energy have been granted £4.2 million government funding for the trial. Through the installation of innovative technology in customers’ homes, the project will be an important milestone in the UK Government’s Net Zero ambitions.

The trial will demonstrate how innovative technologies can provide better, low carbon ways how heating homes. Jessica Tan, Director of OVO Smart Homes has said concerning this, 

“We are committed to helping our customers decarbonise their homes through practical and affordable solutions. This trial allows us to develop alternatives to gas heating, which is a critical piece to deliver our sustainability vision under Plan Zero – to decarbonise 5 million homes by 2030.”

The collaboration builds on OVO’s pioneering sustainability strategy, Plan Zero, which supports customers to halve their total lifestyle carbon emissions and eliminate their household emissions by 2030. As residential heating is the largest single source of emissions for the UK, the trial comes at an important time to tackle the climate crisis and if successful could be rolled out across the country. 

How are they going to do this?

Kaluza, one of OVO’s partner, with their wealth of experience in electric heat innovation, will connect the heating devices installed in the customers’ homes to its smart flexibility platform. This platform will allow the trial partners to gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of how successfully the carbon-zero technology is working.

With their expertise, Kaluza will explore how further cost and carbon savings could be achieved if the devices were coordinated and intelligently controlled to consume energy. Conor Maher-McWilliams, Head of Flexibility at Kaluza, has said in relation to this,

“Smart electric heat has game-changing potential for decarbonisation. Not only will this trial help to quantify the rewards for customers, but for the energy system as a whole. […]. Kaluza is one of the UK’s smart heat pioneers and is proud to be joining industry leaders in this landmark trial.”

Customers who take part in the trial will have a Mitusbishi’s Ecodan air source heat pump, and Sunamp’s thermal batteries installed in their homes to create a fully zero-carbon heating solution. These pioneering customers will also benefit from free energy efficiency upgrades in their homes which could be worth up to £5,000.

In order to take part in the 250 trial customers, located in the South-East of the country, must own their own home, have an outdoor space and an internet connection.

Catherine Gray

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