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Annual Value of UK Low Carbon Heat Market to More Than Double to £0.5 Billion by 2016

September 10, 2013

EDINBURGH, September 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

The market for residential low carbon heating products (including solar thermal, air
source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, micro-CHP, biomass and hybrid technologies)
is set to take off, according to the latest forecasts from decentralised energy
consultants Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee).

Annual installations of low carbon heating products are to rise from ~30,000 this year
to 80,000 in 2016, making the market worth more than GBP0.5billion – more than doubling
its current value.

A key catalyst for this growth is the recently announced (domestic) Renewable Heat
Incentive (RHI), scheduled for launch in 2014. The tariff announcement marked the end of
years of uncertainty which had left the low carbon heat markets flat. It will give
industry participants the confidence to invest in supply chains and to develop new
customer propositions, like those that developed around PV, such as “heat pumps for free”.

We will also see growth expanding into new segments. Currently, sales are concentrated
in social housing and new build properties – which together account for 77% of installs.
However, owner occupiers are expected to grow their market share to over 40% of installs
by 2016. Uptake will be driven by attractive paybacks in this sector (5 years or less in
some cases) as households take advantage of the RHI. Companies that develop propositions
for these households will be the big winners in the growing low carbon heat market.

In technology terms, heat pumps will increasingly dominate the low carbon heating
market; growing from ~15,000/year today to upwards of 45,000/year in 2016. For customers
using heating oil today, air source heat pumps – with the RHI – are a competitive
alternative. The inclusion of hybrid heat pumps in the RHI will provide an innovative low
carbon solution for on-gas customers too.

What does this mean for market players?

        - Energy suppliers: have a significant opportunity to tap the market growth.
          Some - such as EDF and British Gas - are already developing a portfolio of low carbon
          solutions for their customers.
        - Boiler manufacturers: hybrids have significant potential and could be a game
          changer for involvement of leading boiler companies - Vaillant already has a hybrid
          heat pump product on the market.
        - Low carbon product manufacturers: an opportunity to be early movers on
          innovative propositions for off-gas grid owner occupier customers. For Daikin and
          others, hybrids will be a driver for engagement with on-gas customers too.
        - Installers: great opportunities to grow and diversify business - expect new
          training opportunities from manufacturers and distributors.

The full market forecasts report, including the key market segments and customer
groups to target, is available via the Delta-ee Microgen Insight Service. Further
information is available from http://www.delta-ee.com

About Delta-ee

Delta-ee provides commercial insight and market expertise in decentralised energy and
low carbon strategies. With in-depth expertise of the European heating and energy
industries, the company has been tracking decentralised energy markets and technologies
since 2004. Delta-ee supports clients through providing strategic insight and rigorous
analysis on market size, competitive landscape, regulatory environment, and potential for
future growth. Clients include many of the major heating equipment manufacturers, energy
companies, and technology developers from around the globe.

SOURCE Delta Energy & Environment

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