Heat technical research

BEIS technical research covering aspects of low carbon heating technologies.

Low carbon and renewable heating technologies are going to be essential to meet the UK’s legally binding climate change commitments.

BEIS has funded or part funded a number of research projects in this area, covering, amongst others the following aspects:

  • Field trials of domestic heat pumps
  • Biomass boiler methodology studies
  • Heat metering accuracy testing

Heat pumps

  1. Hybrid heat pumps study

    • Research and analysis
  2. Renewable energy from reversible air-to-air heat pumps

    • Research and analysis
  3. Evidence gathering - High temperature heat pumps, hybrid heat pumps and gas driven heat pumps

    • Research and analysis
  4. Heat Pumps in District Heating

    • Research and analysis
  5. Detailed analysis of data from heat pumps installed via the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP)

    • Research and analysis
  6. Monitoring of non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive ground-source and water-source heat pumps

    • Research and analysis
  7. Fuel Driven Heat Pumps

    • Research and analysis
  8. Heat Pumps in Smart Grids

    • Research and analysis
  9. Impacts of Leakage from Refrigerants in Heat Pumps

    • Research and analysis
  10. Analysis from the Energy Saving Trust’s heat pump field trial

    • Research and analysis
  11. Examination of performance of air-source heat pumps in a London social housing block

    • Research and analysis
  12. Literature Review for the IEA Annex 36 on Quality of Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pumps

    • Research and analysis
  13. Investigation of the interaction between hot water cylinders, buffer tanks and heat pumps

    • Research and analysis
  14. The effects of cycling on heat pump performance

    • Independent report
  15. Acoustic noise measurements of Air Source Heat Pumps

    • Research and analysis
  16. Preliminary report on the Renewable Heat Premium Payment metering programme

    • Research and analysis
  17. Water source heat map layer

    • Policy paper

Biomass boilers

Biogas technologies

  1. Innovation needs assessment for biomass heat

    • Research and analysis

Heat meters

  1. Heat meter accuracy testing

    • Research and analysis
  2. Heat meter measurement errors final report

    • Research and analysis

Heat networks

Waste heat


Heat storage

  1. Evidence gathering - Thermal energy storage

    • Research and analysis

Solar heating



Published 7 August 2013
Last updated 13 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. 5 recent reports added to collection.
  2. Updated reports on 'Monitoring of non-domestic RHI ground-source and water-source heat pumps' and 'Heat Pumps in Smart Grids' Added a new report on 'Renewable energy from reversible air-to-air heat pumps'.
  3. Updated with new evidence gathering reports
  4. Addition of RHPP evaluation, assessment of the potential for combined heat and power and district heating and cooling in the UK, non domestic RHI ground source and water source heat pump reports, and heat pumps in district heating reports.
  5. First published.