Hatfield, 15 September 2020 - Mitsubishi Electric is supplying it’s UK manufactured Ecodan air source heat pumps to OVO Energy for two Government schemes. These aim to develop and showcase technologies that reduce the carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to UK homes and buildings.

The two now re-branded OVO schemes, the ‘Zero Carbon Home Project’ and ‘Zero Carbon Heating Trial’are funded from by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its Energy Innovation Programme.  The two schemes  see a combined Government investment of £5.8m worth of funding spread across nearly 300 sites across the UK.

Mitsubishi Electric is providing it’s Ultra Quiet Ecodan model which is built in Livingston, Scotland to the projects with OVO as the lead energy supplier.

“We are delighted to be taking part in a project of this scale and working with the UK’s leading independent energy supplier”, said Russell Dean, Head of Residential Heating, Mitsubishi Electric. “Domestic heating is one of the biggest areas where our carbon emissions can be cut by making a few simple changes. Combining with the network of OVO we are excited to be helping applicants reduce their carbon emissions to net-zero in this trial.”

The two trials form part of increased investment by the UK Government in renewable technology as it looks to reach its net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.  Domestic heating forms the largest single source of carbon emissions, accounting for 15% of the UK’s emissions output. This scheme aims to develop a mass-market smart electric heating product that can replace the use of traditional fossil fuel heating systems.

Jessica Tan, Managing Director, OVO Smart Home said:
“Mitsubishi Electric is a  well established leader and innovator in its sector and their air source heat pumps are no exception. The trials allow us to develop alternatives to gas heating, which is a critical piece to deliver our sustainability vision under our Plan Zero - which commits to halving customers’ carbon footprints by 2030. We are excited to be leading this work with Mitsubishi Electric, to drive the technological solutions which will move us towards zero carbon living in a way that’s sustainable for our customers and the climate.”

Ultra Quiet Ecodan is the market-leading air source heat pump from Mitsubishi Electric, and provides reliable, renewable heating and hot water production for a wide range of installations. With a sound pressure level of just 45 dB(A), Ultra Quiet Ecodan makes passing Permitted Development requirements much easier. Ultra Quiet Ecodan is available in 8.5kW and 11.2kW sizes.

“These schemes will help to showcase sustainability in the way homes are heated and hopefully kick-start the domestic home heating revolution that is desperately needed in the UK if we are to achieve our commitment to net-zero,” concluded Russell.

Further details can be found on the dedicated website: https://ultraquietecodan.co.uk 

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About OVO Energy

OVO Energy was founded in 2009 and redesigned the energy experience to be fair, effortless, green and simple for all customers. Today OVO Energy and its Retail partners serve nearly 5 million customers, all striving to deliver more affordable clean energy for everyone. OVO is on a mission through its sustainability strategy Plan Zero to tackle the most important issue of our time; the climate crisis, by bringing our customers with us on the journey towards zero carbon living. OVO Energy has committed to being a net zero carbon business and achieve bold science-based carbon reduction targets by 2030, while helping members halve their carbon footprint at the same time.

About the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. The OVO Zero Carbon Heating trial is funded through the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme and further details can be found at:  www.gov.uk/government/publications/electrification-of-heat-demonstration-project-successful-bids

The OVO Zero Carbon Home Project is funded through the BEIS Low carbon heating technology innovation: grant scheme.  More details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/low-carbon-heating-technology-innovation-grant-scheme