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Reference Number EP/N020472/1
Title Thermally Driven Heat Pump Based on an Integrated Thermodynamic Cycle for Low Carbon Domestic Heating (Therma-Pump)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Other) 50%;
Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr Z Yu
No email address given
Aerospace Engineering
University of Glasgow
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2016
End Date 31 December 2019
Duration 39 months
Total Grant Value £713,033
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr Z Yu , Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor J Rose , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Dr H Wang , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Dr MC Paul , Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
Dr N Karimi , Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
Professor PL (Paul ) Younger , Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , DRD Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Super Radiator Coils, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wellman Furnaces Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , IHI Europe Ltd. (0.000%)
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Abstract The UK has set an ambitious target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. Currently, heat accounts for nearly half of the energy consumption in the UK and a third of the nation's carbon emissions. To achieve the UK's carbon reduction target, the residential heating sector has to be substantially decarbonised. A wide range of technologies are at different stage of developments but their energy efficiencies are not all satisfactory. There is clearly a big gap between the demand and supply of cost-effective heating technologies in the UK. There is a urgent need for innovation of low-carbon heating technologies in the UK.This project develops a novel, gas-powered heat pump that integrates a small-scale Rankine Cycle power generator using organic working fluids (i.e. refrigerants) with a vapour-compression heat pump by means of a novel coupling technology. Both the heat rejected by the Rankine Cycle power generator and the heat provided by the heat pump are fully utilised for heating. The novel design allows the condensing temperature of the heat pump to be much lower than that of a single electrically-powered heat pump leading to much higher energy performance. The compact heat exchangers are used to enable the heat pump much small in size. The novel design of the combustion heat exchanger enables efficient and clean combustion processes.The novel heating technology developed through this project is much more efficient than traditional heating technologies, and therefore can significantly reduce the carbon emissions from the residential heating sector in the UK, if widely installed.
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