Comfort & Climate Box - Workshop to finalize the workplan

In order to increase the use of renewable energy for heating and cooling, and accelerate innovations for solutions that are affordable for all, the project Comfort & Climate Box has been launched and is now about to start. On January 16-17 a workshop was held to finalize the workplan for the project. Though the end result might not be a box, it will be one singular integrated unit targeted for a large market.

The project was launched at Nordic Clean Energy Week in Malmö, in 2018 and on January 16-17, 2019 a workshop was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to finalize the workplan for the project. This is the very first project within the Mission Innovation Challenge #7, Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings and a cooperation between the HPT TCP and the ECES TCP, which will be led by the HPT TCP through BDO in the Netherlands. The aim is to construct a solution that can be used by various types of residential buildings all over the world. For this to succeed the solution has to be smart, efficient and reliable. And maybe most important of all: it must be affordable.

Integrated systems consisting of heat pumps and storage are an important technological option to accelerate the use of renewable energy for heating and cooling. By combining heat pumps and storage, several issues may be tackled, such as grid load balancing; increased self-usage of renewables; optimizing economics, CO2, fuel use and supply security.

Commercial development of these packages is progressing slowly. This Combined Annex will help accelerate market development.

The goal of this Combined Annex is to develop and disseminate knowledge, evaluate prototypes and coordinate field tests involving HP/storage-packages in existing buildings.

Representatives from Mission Innovation Challenge #7 and the HPT as well as the ECES TCP participated in the workshop. Experts in the field of heat pumping technology as well as energy storage from the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and United Kingdom discussed the objective and scope of the project during the two days and in the end the project plan was defined.