01 May 1996
As heat pumps and air conditioners continue to evolve into yet more efficient and more suerfrienly products, we can expect to see many changes in equipment design. Arguably, the most effective changes will not be in the design of components but in the development of the systems and controls that dictate their operation. Recent developments have shown how new control methodologies can result in extremely high levels of comfort control and convenience, often leading to greater levels of energy efficiency. And new operating techniques for heat pumping equipment allow power utilities to achieve better load shaping and peak control. Held on 7-8 May 1996 in Tokyo, Japan, the workshop “Systems and Controls for Energy Efficiency” provided a valuable exchange of information on the latest trends in heat pumping technology for both residential and commercial buildings applications. The 14 papers presented at this workshop are compiled in these IEA Heat Pump Centre proceedings. The papers highlight how energy efficiency, economics, customer comfort and convenience, and the loading of national power networks can all be improved by the latest developments in systems and control technologies for heat pumps and air conditioners.