Institution of Mechanical Engineers hosted an online webinar: Fluid Machinery in the Future Energy Systems on 3 December 2021 at 12:00 GMT.
Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, the director of PDM Analysis as well as Howden / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Compressor Technology at City, University of London, talked about the roles that heat pumps can play in achieving net-zero goals.
About 60% of the energy consumed in our homes is for heating while 10% is for refrigeration. In order to reach net-zero in 2050, a radical change is required to reduce the use of fossil fuels for heating. This can be achieved by replacing gas boilers with heat pumps that use electricity generated from renewable sources. However, it poses significant technical, commercial and political challenges. The first two include the development of a new generation of efficient and affordable high-pressure compressors and heat pump systems. At the same time, the third one requires activities from the government to enable a more favourable balance between the cost of electricity generated by renewable sources and the cost of fossil fuels.
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