A home-grown smart heating system will revolutionise Britain’s domestic heat pump market, its developer, Octopus Energy has claimed.
Launching the company’s new Cosy Octopus system at the WIRED & Octopus Energy Tech Summit in London, chief executive Greg Jackson boldly vowed: “This paves the way to heat pumps for everyone.”
The Octopus system, which becomes available from December, consists of the ‘Cosy 6′, its new heat pump – claimed to be as hot as a boiler. With it comes the ‘Cosy Hub’, a home controls system; ‘Cosy Pods’, room sensors; a bespoke “smart” tariff; and the Octopus five-star service.
Cosy Octopus will enter the market with a 6kW heat pump, the company says – aimed at a “typical” three-bed UK home – with more and larger models following over the next six months.
Jackson, founder of Octopus Energy Group, said: “This is a huge day for clean heating. The combination of a high-temperature heat pump (as hot as a gas boiler), Octopus smart tariffs and room sensors across your home doesn’t just open up cheaper clean heating – but more comfort too.”
‘Cosy 6’ is the company’s first heat pump built entirely in-house. It was designed by Dr Jason Cassells, chief executive of Octopus-acquired Renewable Energy Devices (now known as Octopus Heating), and manufactured in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. It has six patent applications pending.
The home controls system ‘Cosy Hub’ and ‘Cosy Pods’ were developed by a team in London led by electrical engineer Derya Robinson.
Powered by Octopus’ technology platform Kraken, the Cosy system is said to work seamlessly to offer the best performance at the cheapest and greenest times, allowing customers to save money on heating bills without compromising on comfort.
The company says the Cosy Octopus is free for homes that don’t need any work to fit the system after the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). However, homes that need adjustments – such as new radiators, piping or a hot water tank – will get the system from around £3,000 after the grant.
Octopus entered the heat pump market in 2021 with the launch of Britain’s first R&D centre for heat pumps in Slough. Since then the company says it has invested over £50m to drive the rollout of heat pumps and help decarbonise the UK.
The Energy Tech Summit was hosted in partnership with WIRED. Speakers at the event included Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to do a space walk, and business leader Deborah Meaden.
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