Domestic heating must be substantially decarbonised if Ireland's goals for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are to be achieved.
€70,290Total Project Costs
1 yrProject Duration
This project aims to review the status of the research literature on the use of air source heat pumps (ASHPs) and their operation in temperate climates like Ireland. Our proposal shows a gap in the research literature on the efficient operation of ASHPs in the field. There is little publicly available empirical data to assess the operation of ASHPs in situ. We propose an initial systematic literature review to create a taxonomy of the available ASHP literature, data and models. We propose a field study of ASHPs in use in the residential sector to gather ASHP operational data, accompanied by a consumer attitudes survey. We will use the empirical data to assess any gap between the observed data and that suggested by the manufacturers' technical operating sheets and create statistical models to explain this gap. We will evaluate the consumer attitudes within a participative action research framework with a view to identifying future ASHP research needs. We will summarise the study outputs in academic papers and a final report with recommendations on installation and user operation guidelines.
Total Project Cost: €70,290
Funding Agency: SEAI
Year Funded: 2018
Lead Organisation: University College Dublin
Collaborators: ESB Networks
Paula CarrollLead Researcher
Expertise: Business Analytics; Operations Research; Algorithms and Optimisation Techniques; Statistical and Machine Learning Models;