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Next generation heat pump for retrofitting buildings

Objective

The building sector is one of the key consumers of energy in Europe today with an overall rising trend over the past 20 years. In order to achieve the current EU 20-20-20 goals or the targets set in the EU Energy Roadmap 2050, it is essential to renovate and retrofit these buildings and to replace inefficient heating systems based on fossil fuels or direct electric heating. The proposed heat pump technology offers a solution to both present and future challenges.
The goal of the GreenHP project is to investigate and develop a new highly efficient heating system based on high-capacity air/water heat pumps for retrofitting multi-family houses and commercial buildings. This high power heat pump system will use an alternative refrigerant and will interact with large (renewable) energy systems, like the smart grids in particular, and integrate other renewable energy sources, like photovoltaic and solar thermal, as well as energy storage.
In order to tackle the relevant scientific challenges, the consortium will employ a holistic approach covering research topics on the system integration level, heat pump unit and component level. This will representatively be done for high-capacity air/water heat pumps for retrofitting applications in cities. The technological solutions generated will reinforce the technological leadership of the European industry and strengthen the position in the increasingly strong and global competition in the market place.
The integral approach of the GreenHP project requires a special consortium structure with project partners able to cooperate and exploit the project results on a common basis. The consortium, which includes Originals Equipment Manufacturers and research institutes only, will offer the Know-how on the unit design and the system integration in the public domain, available to all European Heat Pump manufacturers. By this, the GreenHP project will trigger competition to find the best solutions for the market and make a larger impact possible. The consortium is aware that this requires a strong dissemination to heat pump manufacturers but also to architects, urban planners, installers and end users.
At the end of the project, a 30 kW lab scale pilot with a new unit design using alternative refrigerant and innovative components will be developed. In addition, it will be shown how this heat pump integrates into buildings and interacts with the smart electric grid. This will be the basis for many different applications for room heating and cooling as well as sanitary hot water production, as any solution between 30 kW and 100 kW will be possible. The consortium is confident that the implementation of the proposed concept will have a fundamental impact on the European Building sector by providing a new technical solution. Thus it will substantially contribute towards a sustainable European energy system.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-1-2STAGE
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Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 746 492,92
Administrative Contact
Annemarie Schneeberger (Ms.)

Participants (9)

EUROPEAN HEAT PUMP ASSOCIATION GEIE

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 144 700
Address
Rue D'arlon 63-67
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Thomas Nowak (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 802 794
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 481 113
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Maanson (Ms.)
HESCH SCHRODER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 328 883,33
Address
Boschstrasse 8
31535 Neustadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Brandis (Mr.)
EMERSON CLIMATE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 498
Address
Holzhauser Strasse 180
13509 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandro Matic (Mr.)
ZIEHL-ABEGG S.E.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 000
Address
Heinz Ziehl Strasse 4
74653 Kunzelsau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manfred Reber (Mr.)
GRANGES FINSPÅNG AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 60 099,60
Address
Slottsvagen 1
612 81 Finspang
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liselotte Flemvik (Ms.)
AKG VERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 285 120,15
Address
Am Hohlen Weg 31
34369 Hofgeismar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juliane Maehl (Ms.)
EUROPEAN HEAT PUMP ASSOCIATION
Belgium
Address
Rue D'arlon 63-67
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Thomas Nowak (Mr.)