Solar + Heat PumpsA New Task on Systems Using Solar Thermal Energy in Combination with Heat Pumps will Begin in 2010
October 2009 - PDF 0.07MB
Over the past few years, systems that combine solar thermal technology and heat pumps have been marketed to heat houses and produce domestic hot water. This new combination of technologies is a welcome advancement, but standards and norms are still required for its long term successful commercialization. At this time, most of the manufacturers are developping systems without a clear framework of what could be the best combinations of the two worlds and customers are lacking comparative approaches. The result is that systems reaching today the market are far from being optimized and sometimes simple enough to guarantee a life time problem free and efficient operation both technically and economically.