Future of heat pumps: Tech firms to watch — including one with robots

A Q-Bot robot sprays insulation under the floorboards of a property
Future of heat pumps: A Q-Bot robot sprays insulation under the floorboards of a property (Image credit: Q-Bot)

Around £15 million of government funding was handed to 24 heat pump tech companies this week, lifting the veil on what the future of heat pump technology might look like. And it is certainly looking exciting.

Innovators the government has invested in, include a pioneering programme to crowd share ground source heat pump technology for social housing as well as a company innovating using greywater for energy recovery. There's also one tech firm developing robots to install underfloor insulation. More on this in our who to watch section below.

Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and Metro.co.uk before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.