Guidance

Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project

This project looks to demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale roll-out of heat pumps in a representative range of British homes.

The Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale roll-out of heat pumps in Great Britain by installing them in a representative range of 750 homes, alongside new products and services designed to overcome some of the barriers to deployment.

Project objectives

The project objectives are to:

  • develop, test and evaluate innovative products and services that increase the appeal of heat pumps and identify optimal solutions for a wide range of homes
  • demonstrate that heat pumps, including gas-electric hybrids, can deliver high consumer satisfaction across a wide range of consumers in Great Britain
  • demonstrate the practical and technical feasibility of heat pumps, including gas-electric hybrids, across Great Britain’s diverse housing stock
  • capture learning from the project to help improve awareness across the heating supply chain, raise acceptance and support wider deployment of heat pumps in Great Britain

Project delivery

Approximately £16.5 million will be made available as part of the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme’s Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project.

It will seek to recruit enough participants to deliver 1,800 home suitability surveys, to understand the technical and practical feasibility of a large-scale roll-out of heat pumps. These will be spread across a representative range of housing archetypes and social groups, with the majority on the gas grid. The project will then install and monitor 750 heat pumps across a representative range of housing archetypes, again with the majority on the gas grid.

BEIS is seeking to appoint:

  • a management contractor to manage and coordinate the project on behalf of BEIS
  • 3 regional delivery contractors to deliver the project
  • an independent evaluation contractor to evaluate the overall delivery of the project against the agreed performance indicators and metrics

Apply

We are inviting bids from any organisation or consortium, which can meet the expected outputs and criteria set out in the tender documents. You will receive these once you have registered your interest.

Our invitation to tender for:

  • Management contractor
    • the invitation to tender for the management contractor launched on Friday 2 August 2019. For more information on how to respond, the full specification and the project, see the details and how to register interest. Deadline Wednesday 25 September 2019 (2pm)
  • Delivery contractors: invitation to tender will be announced in Autumn 2019
  • Evaluation contractor: invitation to tender will be announced in Autumn 2019

Members of the public

Members of the public will be able to participate in the project, which will install free heat pumps and energy efficiency upgrades (where appropriate) in eligible homes across selected areas of Great Britain. Further details on how to take part will be announced on this page.

Assessment

The tender processes will be conducted to make sure that bids are evaluated fairly and transparently, in accordance with the agreed assessment criteria. Further details of this criteria and how bids will be assessed are provided in the specification which will form part of the Invitation to tender documents.

Deadlines

There are 3 deadlines:

  • submitting bids in response to the Management Contractor Invitation to Tender: Wednesday 25 September 2019 (2pm)
  • submitting bids in response to the Delivery Contractor Invitation to Tender: to be announced
  • submitting bids in response to the Evaluation Contractor Invitation to Tender: to be announced

Contact

For any query about the project, contact heatpumpdemo@beis.gov.uk.

Published 28 August 2019