Scottish Enterprise Investigates Opportunities For Direct Electric Heat Solutions

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise recently undertook an assessment of the current state of the market for direct electric heat solutions up to 2030 in Scotland through Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT).

Direct electric heating is defined as heating provided directly from electricity. The report included technologies such as infra-red heating, storage heaters, water storage, electric radiators, underfloor heating, electric boilers; and associated control systems. Specific objectives of the assessment were to:

  • provide as complete a view as possible of Scottish manufacturing capability in direct electric heat and companies active in the sector
  • summarise market statistics and opportunities in the direct electric heat market including technology trends, drivers, barriers, market size, and growth
  • provide recommendations on how Scottish companies and stakeholders can take advantage of the market opportunities
  • provide recommendations on how Scottish Enterprise and the public sector can support skills and employment growth in the direct electric heat manufacturing base.

CLT carried out research and structured interviews with key stakeholders. They produced a technical assessment of the various technologies and a list of Scottish company capability.

Their findings were that here was a severe lack of awareness and understanding of direct electric heat technologies. There are 160,000 customers on legacy storage heaters with potential tariff increases from March 2024. The role for direct electric heat in the decarbonisation of domestic, commercial and industrial sites could be significant.

The report includes details of the nine companies, including McDonald Water Storage, identified in Scotland who are involved in the manufacture of direct electric heat products. With a range of direct water storage solutions, from Unvented options with POWERflow and STEELflow, to bespoke designed ELECTRAflow and ELECTRAstore heating and hot water solutions, speak to our technical team to find the perfect option for your application.

Click here to read the full report issued by Scottish Enterprise.


Wayne Hyde

Product and Marketing Manager

Having been in the cylinder industry for nearly 20 years, in both product and marketing roles, I have extensive knowledge of all aspects of hot water storage, from domestic through to commercial applications, including vented, unvented and thermal store solutions.

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