Opinion

Energy storage and the electrification of the energy grid

Energy storage and the electrification of the energy grid

In our latest column from BEAMA, Portfolio Manager Chris Stammers addresses the crucial future role of energy storage

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Solar farms can boost biodiversity – but more data is needed

Solar farms can boost biodiversity – but more data is needed

In the latest of his solar series for elemental, Dr Seb Berry discusses the latest report on solar farms’ impact on wildlife.

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Uncertainty about home heating is unnecessary – let’s stop the ‘hydrogen hype’

Uncertainty about home heating is unnecessary – let’s stop the ‘hydrogen hype’

A new report from the National Audit Office (NAO), Decarbonising Home Heating, states that continued uncertainty surrounding domestic hydrogen is hindering heat pump roll-out and increasing costs for businesses and consumers. Griff Thomas, MD for GTEC and Director of heatly, gives his views.  The debate surrounding hydrogen as a primary source of home heating has reached a critical […]

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What’s your heat pump doing today?

What’s your heat pump doing today?

In his latest column for elemental, Graham Hendra contemplates the importance of monitoring a heat pump’s output.

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Rising temperatures aren’t going away – we need action on cooling retrofit now

Rising temperatures aren’t going away – we need action on cooling retrofit now

In her new bi-monthly column for elemental, Longhurst Group’s Head of Environment and Sustainability Fallon Warren calls for urgent action on overheating homes.

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Are gas engineers up to the challenge of heat pumps?

Are gas engineers up to the challenge of heat pumps?

Graham Hendra hears doubts from a surprising source and wonders what it says about our attitudes to technology

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Meeting the decarbonisation challenge for UK manufacturers

Meeting the decarbonisation challenge for UK manufacturers

Ahead of InstallerSHOW 2024 – which will focus on how we can reach net zero – George Webb takes a look at the unanswered questions about how one of our main sectors, manufacturing, will decarbonise while keeping the sector competitive and not costing jobs. During the first industrial revolution, British manufactured goods dominated world trade, leading […]

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Fostering skills transfer and training

Fostering skills transfer and training

Aira’s UK chief executive Daniel Särefjord believes transferring the skills of boiler installers will be a catalyst for sustainable growth.

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Seven areas where the Future Homes Standard needs more clarity

Seven areas where the Future Homes Standard needs more clarity

The recently published Future Homes and Buildings Standards consultation serves as the built environment’s roadmap to a greener future. Here, Tassos Kougionis outlines several critical considerations and unanswered questions which require both government and industry’s attention. 1. The local versus central question Recent statements from government ministers Baroness Penn and Lee Rowley seem to support central control […]

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CHMM U-turn underscores the havoc of inconsistent environmental policy

CHMM U-turn underscores the havoc of inconsistent environmental policy

Griff Thomas from GTEC gives his verdict on the current Clean Heat Market Mechanism (CHMM) uncertainty.

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Why is everyone putting propane in their heat pumps?

Why is everyone putting propane in their heat pumps?

Graham Hendra ponders R290, the wonder gas that manufacturers are rushing to get into their heat pumps.

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AI provides growth opportunities for the skilled trades

AI provides growth opportunities for the skilled trades

Mark Krull from Logic4training examines the likely impact of artificial intelligence on the skilled trades, explaining why installers should embrace, rather than fear, advancements in technology. According to recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) analysis, 40% of employment around the world will be affected by AI, rising to 60% in higher-income countries. There is no doubt […]

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