General Task Publications

Solar and Heat Pump Systems for Residential Buildings
Solar and Heat Pump Systems for Residential Buildings
August 2015
Editor: Jean-Christophe Hadorn
ISBN: 978-3-433-03040-0
The combination of heat pumps and solar components has great potential for improving the energy efficiency of house and hot water heating systems. This book compares different systems, analyses their performance, presents design methods and shows monitoring techniques.
Solar and Heat Pump Systems
Solar and Heat Pump Systems
Technology Position Paper
September 2014 - PDF 0.53MB

The purpose of this document is to provide an inside view to energy policy makers on why and how solar and heat pump systems should be supported and promoted. Solar and heat pump systems (S+HP) are a combined technology that represent a market share in the building heating and cooling segment due to their following advantages: high renewable energy share, low electricity demand, low primary energy demand, and low CO2 emission depending on the electricity mix feeding the heat pump. The market share of S+HP systems could reach 100% for new houses in many countries where the heat pump technology is well-established and solar is mandatory for domestic hot water.

Solar and Heat Pump Systems
Solar and Heat Pump Systems
May 2010 - PDF 0.1MB

The new combined SHC Task and HPP Annex called “Solar and heat pump systems” has started ! It will extend from 2010 to 21013. It is a join effort of the SHC and the HPP bodies and will be lead by one operationg agent (JC Hadorn of Switzerland). For SHC it is Task 44 and for HPP the annex number will be given soon.

Solar + Heat Pumps
Solar + Heat Pumps
A 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.