WONDRWALL PARTNERS WITH DAIKIN TO DELIVER ENERGY SAVING HEAT PUMP SOLUTION
UK-based, ClimateTech company Wondrwall Group have partnered with leading Heat Pump manufacturer, Daikin, to develop the World’s most energy-efficient Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) heating solution.
Since 2016, the Wondrwall Group has established itself as one of the UK’s leading technology companies supporting the housing and construction sector to create intelligent homes. Wondrwall’s AI-powered Home Energy Management System analyses an average of 20,000 datapoints for each home every day to plot the optimal performance of the home in order to maximise energy efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions and ultimately cost to the homeowner.
Wondrwall’s Home Energy Management System integrates with various low-carbon heating technologies, such as Infrared Heating Panels and Electric Underfloor Heating systems, but to date, has never fully integrated an ASHP solution.
Daikin are devoted to providing high-quality products and total climate solutions to create comfortable and sustainable interior environments for all of the people and regions of the world. Partnering with Wondrwall to explore the potential for intelligent, AI-powered controls for their ASHP solutions is a clear demonstration of the organisation’s commitment to leading the development of energy-saving technologies for the future.
Wondrwall has been supported by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to deliver one of a series of 24 projects that have been awarded funding under Stream 2 of the Heat Pump Ready Programme. The Heat Pump Ready (HPR) Programme forms part of BEIS’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through the 2020s and 2030s. As a key solution for decarbonising homes, heat pumps will be critical for meeting the UK’s legally binding commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. The Heat Pump Ready Programme will support the development of innovative solutions across the heat pump sector. Stream 2 of the HPR Programme, Developing Tools and Technology will support the development of tools, technology and processes to overcome specific barriers to domestic heat pump deployment in the UK.
The Wondrwall project, under the Heat Pump Ready Programme Stream 2, will extend over three phases (beta trials, validation and commercial launch) and has defined three key objectives:
- Extending the function/performance of Wondrwall’s predictive models to compensate for slower response times of heat pumps and optimise management of combined space and water heating;
- Algorithm training to capture subjective feedback of end-users, and;
- Development of optimised demand-side heat pump control strategy (grid balancing, heat pump tariffs etc).
With regards to the collaboration, Wondrwall Group CEO, Daniel Burton, said: “We view the Heat Pump Ready Programme Stream 2 and the partnership with Daikin to be a significant step forward. Not just for Wondrwall but for the housing sector as a whole and our drive to decarbonise domestic heating.”
Daniel added: “Everyone knows that heat pump technology offers a highly efficient electric heating solution and is a relatively straightforward alternative to standard gas heating systems. At Wondrwall, we’ve always been concerned about the financial impact of heat pumps on the end user. Poorly designed systems can easily result in higher energy bills. I’m positive that together, Daikin and Wondrwall, can develop the next generation of energy efficient heat pump controls based on habitational data and environmental factors.”
Iain Bevan, Commercial Manager – Renewable Heating at Daikin, stated: “Daikin has always been focused on developing signature technologies with cost-effective solutions to shape the future of heating. Partnering with Wondrwall as part of the Heat Pump Ready Programme demonstrates our commitment incorporating green practices and sustainable solutions in everything we do.”