29 May 2015

Reversible heat pumps for space cooling and air conditioning: French market and R&D needs

This article presents market trends in France for space cooling and air conditioning systems. Due to European
regulations and development of (very) low energy consumption buildings, reversible heat pumps will find an increasing interest for air conditioning and cooling of buildings. However, improvements on energy and comfort aspects are still needed for a wider and more efficient dissemination of the technology. Other alternatives than mechanical cooling may also be envisaged. However, technologies such as passive cooling are neither mature enough, nor cost effective enough, in order to be widely used. The article highlights different areas for R&D to be considered for improvement of heat pumping Technologies applied to building cooling and air conditioning, which may be of interest for new IEA HPT Annexes.