31 January 2013

Thermal Energy Storage and Heat Pumps: A Hot Combination

Thermal energy storage can offset the mismatch between thermal energy demand and supply, as occurs when
some intermittent sources of thermal energy such as solar are exploited. The two main types of TES, sensible and
latent, can be advantageously used with heat pumps for heating and/or cooling applications, yielding such benefits
as enhanced efficiency, technical performance and economics, as well as reduced environmental impact. The
design of a TES in conjunction with heat pumps depends on many factors, but can with care often be attractive
in many applications.

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