22 May 2008


The heat pump research program of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
supports projects for improvement of components and cycles, introduction of natural working
fluids, magnetic heat pumps, screening for and improvement of heat sources and
establishing methods for estimation of COP. Heat pumps are treated as renewable energy in
Switzerland, because they allow the use of renewable ambient heat. The annual
governmental support for research in heat pump application is around 1.3 million Swiss
Francs and covers about 2/3 of total project cost. 1/3 is carried through individual companies
or research institutes.