Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating appliances and OVO, the UK’s largest independent energy technology company, launched a strategic partnership in February 2019 which will drive decarbonisation of heating in the UK.
The partnership involves the integration of Kaluza, OVO Group’s intelligent energy platform, with Dimplex Quantum high heat retention smart electric thermal storage heaters to unlock in-built flexibility and shift consumption. In the UK, Dimplex is the market leader in electric storage heat with a 90% market share. Kaluza is able to connect and control millions of smart devices in the home and optimise their energy use to help create a flexible, zero-carbon grid and lower household energy bills.
Through the partnership, Dimplex Quantum high heat retention storage heaters and Dimplex Q-Rad electric radiators made available for customers to purchase directly through the OVO Energy website. Providing a tariff, smart metering and installation of the heaters and the removal and disposal of old heaters.
The electrification of heat is one of the biggest challenges facing the UK in its efforts to decarbonise. Heating in the UK is responsible for ~25% of emissions.
There are 1.7m homes with electric storage heating in the UK, representing a combined peak capacity of 12GW, the largest grid-connected storage asset in the UK. The ability to use this capacity intelligently, as a flexible energy source, can lower the cost of electrification. This is because more efficient use of energy through storage at times of excess generation reduces the need for back-up generation and excess investment to reinforce and expand the energy network. Analysis by Imperial College London has shown that using flexible smart electric heat could cut the cost of decarbonisation by £3.9 billion a year, amounting to approximately £394 per participating household per year.
“Renewable energy is rapidly transforming the power sector, but the way we heat our homes hasn’t changed in decades. Decarbonising heat is an enormously complex challenge that will require technology innovation, new regulation and creative partnerships.
We are delighted that Kaluza is partnering with Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, the market leaders in electric heating, and combining our technologies to take a significant step forward to decarbonising heat.”
Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO and Founder, OVO Group
“Our innovative Dimplex Quantum off-peak heating system was the first product to be categorised as a high heat retention storage heater in SAP*, representing a new generation of storage technology with enhanced control, lower running costs and greater flexibility than conventional storage heating.
Now, through this strategic partnership with OVO and the integration of Kaluza, users can enjoy additional benefits whilst facilitating new opportunities to unlock the potential of lower carbon electric heating to support the UK Government’s decarbonisation goal.”
Steven Mortimer, Chief Commercial Officer, Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation
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