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Getting warmer: a field trial of heat pumps

Roy, Robin; Caird, Sally and Potter, Stephen (2010). Getting warmer: a field trial of heat pumps. The Energy Saving Trust, London, UK.

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Abstract

Given the lack of data on heat pump performance in customers’ homes, the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with the Open University undertook the first large-scale heat pump field trial in the UK to determine how heat pumps perform in real-life conditions. The year-long field trial monitored technical performance and customer behaviour observed at 83 sites across the UK. The findings provide valuable information about the factors that affect the success of a domestic heat pump installation. Instead of revealing outcomes along statistical grounds, or acting as a “brand-vs-brand” competition, the field trial findings provide a discussion of key points of interest to potential consumers, including:
• Measured coefficient of performance (COP) and system efficiency
• Installation practices (both system design and performance)
• Customer behaviour (contribution by the Open University)
• Heating patterns and average internal temperatures
• Economics
This report makes recommendations for consumers, installers, manufacturers and policy makers, and identifies areas that require additional investigation and research.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Energy Saving Trust
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Energy Saving Trust
Not SetNot SetConsortium of energy suppliers, manufacturers and national and local government departments
Not SetNot SetCarbon Connections Ltd. (HEIF3)
Extra Information: The Open University was a partner with the EST with Robin Roy, Sally Caird and Stephen Potter of the Design Innovation Group, DDEM/MCT, as technical consultants for the production of this public report.
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 31647
Depositing User: Robin Roy
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 13:20
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 05:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31647
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