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. Electric heating in rural off-gas grid dwellings: technical feasibility
  2. Hybrid heat pumps study
  3. Renewable energy from reversible air-to-air heat pumps
  4. Evidence gathering - High temperature heat pumps, hybrid heat pumps and gas driven heat pumps
  5. Heat Pumps in District Heating
  6. Detailed analysis of data from heat pumps installed via the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP)
  7. Monitoring of non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive ground-source and water-source heat pumps
  8. Fuel Driven Heat Pumps
  9. Heat Pumps in Smart Grids
  10. Impacts of Leakage from Refrigerants in Heat Pumps
  11. Analysis from the Energy Saving Trust’s heat pump field trial
  12. Examination of performance of air-source heat pumps in a London social housing block
  13. Literature Review for the IEA Annex 36 on Quality of Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pumps
  14. Investigation of the interaction between hot water cylinders, buffer tanks and heat pumps
  15. The effects of cycling on heat pump performance
  16. Acoustic noise measurements of Air Source Heat Pumps
  17. Preliminary report on the Renewable Heat Premium Payment metering programme
  18. Water source heat map layer

Biomass boilers

Biogas technologies

  1. Bioenergy heat pathways to 2050: rapid evidence assessment
  2. Innovation needs assessment for biomass heat

Heat meters

  1. Heat meter accuracy testing
  2. Heat meter measurement errors final report

Heat networks

Waste heat


Heat storage

  1. Evidence gathering - Thermal energy storage

Solar heating


  1. Hydrogen supply chain: evidence base
  2. Logistics of domestic hydrogen conversion
  3. Atmospheric impacts of hydrogen: literature review
  4. Appraisal of domestic hydrogen appliances
  5. Hydrogen Appliances: Desk study on the development of the supply chain for 100% hydrogen-fired domestic and commercial appliances


Published 7 August 2013
Last updated 7 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. 'Electric heating in rural off-gas grid dwellings: technical feasibility report' added.
  2. 5 recent reports added to collection.
  3. 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'.
  4. Updated with new evidence gathering reports
  5. 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.
  6. First published.