Domestic heating must be substantially decarbonised if Ireland's goals for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are to be achieved.

Project Insights

  • €70,290

    Total Project Costs
  • 1 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2018

    Year Funded

Project Description

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.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €70,290

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2018

Lead Organisation: University College Dublin

Collaborators: ESB Networks

Paula Carroll

Lead Researcher

Expertise: Business Analytics; Operations Research; Algorithms and Optimisation Techniques; Statistical and Machine Learning Models;

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