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Ecology of heat pump performance: A socio-technical analysis

Chiu, LF; Lowe, R; (2019) Ecology of heat pump performance: A socio-technical analysis. In: Littlewood, J and Howlett, R and Capozzoli, A and Jain, L, (eds.) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings. (pp. pp. 711-721). Springer: Singapore.

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Abstract

The UK government’s heat strategy is to reduce emissions from buildings “to virtually zero by 2050” through a combination of technologies including heat pumps (HPs). As part of this strategy, it introduced the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme to incentivise the installation of HPs in the residential sector. Using a socio-technical approach and case study method developed by the authors in the field of energy research and building, this paper explores the reasons for variation in performance of HPs supported by this scheme. Twenty-one sites/households were selected for investigation. Owing to limited space, this paper does not seek to present all cases, but instead focuses on key insights from five cases that were originally thought to perform poorly. The findings highlight how the complex ecology of a socio-technical system in determines performance. We will show that system performance emerges from the dynamic interaction of monitoring system, heat pump system configuration and occupants’ heating practices, and heating load factor. Limitations, practical implications, and scope for future research are briefly discussed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Ecology of heat pump performance: A socio-technical analysis
Event: 11th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings 2019 (SEB 2019), 4-5 July 2019, Budapest, Hungary
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Dates: 04 July 2019 - 05 July 2019
ISBN-13: 978-981-32-9868-2
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-32-9868-2_60
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-32-9868-2_60
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Heat pump performance, Ecology, Socio-technical
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088056
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