The Three Heating Solutions Helping Commercial Buildings to Decarbonise

Businesses face a long road to net-zero. Decarbonising entirely will require an overhaul in the way they work, how their suppliers work, and where they do business.

Heating workspaces with traditional natural gas can represent a major proportion of a business’s overall emissions.

But new innovative technologies are providing the right commercial heating solutions at the right point on their journey towards decarbonisation.  

Heat pumps, heat interface units and hydrogen-blend ready boilers are the three heating solutions you need to know about.

Heat Pumps

Unlike gas boilers, heat pumps don’t burn fuel to produce heat. Instead, they harness heat from the air, water, or ground outside a building. This free heat is absorbed by a liquid refrigerant, causing it to boil and vaporise. 

The gaseous refrigerant is then compressed to a high pressure, which raises the temperature of the gas significantly, before it enters a heat exchanger, where it releases its heat into the pumped water circuit of the building’s heating system. As the heat ebbs from the gaseous refrigerant, it naturally condenses back to liquid form to repeat the cycle. 

Because heat pumps are capable of operating up to four times more efficiently than traditional boilers (because heat is transferred rather than generated), they have the potential to produce four units of heat for every one unit of electricity that they use. 

This means that their use in commercial buildings can reduce carbon emissions by 65-70%, compared to traditional gas or electric boilers.

We recently launched our first commercial heat pump range, ECOMOD. With six outputs, from 14kW up to 70kW, businesses with buildings of every size can decarbonise their heating system, lower their running costs, and improve their building’s energy efficiency.

Heat Interface Units

According to the Association for Decentralised Energy, there are more than 14,000 heat networks across the UK. Networks vary in size and length, redistributing heat from sources including power stations or manufacturing processes to nearby buildings.  

The Government’s Clean Growth Strategy recognised that by 2050, heat networks could meet around 20% of the demand for heating and hot water in buildings. So, we can expect to see more heat networks coming online over the next few decades.  

A heat interface unit (HIU) is the part of the network that consumers, businesses and facility managers interact with. It transfers the thermal energy from the network to the heating and hot water systems in buildings.

Our Ideal Pod HIU, has been designed to look like a domestic boiler, supplying heating and hot water to a home. It features a straightforward user interface and is easy to control via the OpenTherm compatibility.

Hydrogen-Blend Boilers

The Government is exploring plans to blend natural gas with hydrogen. It’s a move that could represent a quick win in slashing thousands of tonnes of CO2 from the country’s daily emissions, while attracting investment in the UK’s hydrogen sector, on the road towards decarbonisation.

Hydrogen can be burned to generate heat while only leaving water vapour behind as a by-product. It has far more in common with the performance of today’s gas boilers, with a higher operating temperature that’s better suited to older buildings which haven’t undergone extensive refurbishments to improve efficiency.

At Ideal Heating, we’re already manufacturing commercial hydrogen boilers that can operate on up to a 20% hydrogen blend, so commercial buildings are ready for the future.

Rounding Out

We understand that the process of taking Britain to true net zero will be a long-term goal that relies on a lot of hard work.

Our Ideal heating solutions have been designed to provide continuous progress toward more carbon efficient methods of heating, paving a roadmap for development across the country as we get ready for the next steps on the UK's pathway to net zero. 

Whether in residential housing or workspaces, rural to urban, Ideal is committed to helping the UK on its journey to net zero through providing as many options for reduced carbon heating, helping to reduce emissions across the country.

To find out more, see these six trends and initiatives for decarbonising commercial heating, or, discover what’s turning the wheel of decarbonisation in the public sector. Enquire about our Ideal heating solutions by contacting us here.