This project aimed to define and demonstrate the technical feasibility of new packaged systems for year-round residential space conditioning using heat pumps. The work included electrically driven compression heat pumps, heating/ventilating and air-conditioning equipment (HVAC) dedicated to the residential sector.
The project aimed to define and demonstrate the technical feasibility of new packaged systems for year-round residential space conditioning using heat pumps. These systems (which include all components used in a heating/ cooling system, from the heat pump to the inside unit) would target mainly new residential buildings and use water or air as the energy distribution medium. The work carried out within the framework of this project will cover low initial and operating costs, comfort provided, suitability to meet customer demands, design and installation requirements, performance, integration in buildings and aesthetics.
This project would result in the technical definition of new concepts, adapted to the customer needs of the participating countries. The participants would consult with manufacturers on a national level to develop a prototype system.
This project would benefit both heat pump technology and HVAC applications. One of the objectives was to promote new comfort systems, using a heat pump as an energy generator; the latest breakthroughs in HVAC equipment (i.e. distribution, inside unit, control systems etc.) would therefore be studied very closely.
Environmental issues would also not be forgotten in this project, with the use of CFC-free working fluids and quiet outdoor/indoor units. Achieving very low energy consumption was also one of the objectives.