On Monday 15th May the first day of the Conference a number of workshops was held, organized together with other IEA TCP’s and HPT Annex participants.

The topics were:

  1. Heat pumps for net zero energy buildings (nZEB), retrofit and energy flexibility’, is on aspects like how can heat pumps contribute to cost-effective nZEB? (cost-optimal nZEB), what is the effect of nZEBs with heat pumps on the grid, how can the building stock be transformed to nZEB (retrofitting) and what are the most important challenges for heat pump application in multifamily houses (MFH).
  2. Smart communities’ is on the results from HPT-Annex 42 and Annex 45, regarding the role of storage systems and hybrid heat pumps in future optimized energy systems for the built environment.
  3. Industrial heat pumps, the next phase’, focuses on increasing the knowledge of heat pump technologies and the way to apply these to industrial processes beyond the traditional way of approaching in order to close the production cycles and reduce the amount and level of excess heat. By using the latest technologies, working fluids and software models, we are looking into the opportunities for electrification of the energy supply of the chemical industry. An interesting Journal has been published to support the focus of the workshop: Dutch Heat Pumping Technologies Journal Vol 2
  4. Future of Air Conditioning’, has as goal to gather feedback on value of non-traditional technologies, understand the current status of R&D efforts, and determine content and focus of potential IEA efforts (both technology gaps and programmatic vision). As basis for the discussion the US report by the Department on Energy on ‘The Future of Air Conditioning’ will be presented.
  5. Ground source heat pumps and thermal energy storage systems’. The goal of this workshop is to help set future directions for performance monitoring of ground-source heat pump systems and underground thermal energy storage systems.
  6. Heat Pumps and Solar Energy, a win-win combination’, focuses on Increasing the synergies of the combination of heat pumps and solar energy (thermal and photo-voltaic) in a smart environment in order to get to an optimal application in the domestic market of new NZEB and existing buildings.
  7. Community energy supply systems and district heating’, is organized by EBC Annex 63 and Annex 64 and looks at the role of built environment in transformation/decarbonisation of energy systems and the role and results of heat pumps in CO2-neutral energy systems on a community scale.

The workshops were organized as a mix of short presentations from the various IEA TCP’s like EBC, IETS, SHC and ECES, and discussions with experts focusing on how the Conference theme can be set into action. Thus after the introduction the workshops discussed in several smaller groups questions of how to reach the potential markets, what to do and how international collaboration can support this process. Conference participants enriching the discussions on the future work within Annexes with new ideas and market connections. The results of the workshops and conclusions were presented at the closing plenary session on Thursday.

All presentations from the Workshops can be downloaded

Please click on the title of the workshop to download all workshop presentations as ZIP files.

Workshop 1 – Heat pumps for nZEB, retrofit and energy flexibility

Workshop 2 – Smart Communities

Workshop 3 – Industrial heat pumps, the next phase

Workshop 4 – Future of Air Conditioning

Workshop 5 – Ground source heat pumps and thermal energy storage systems

Workshop 6 – Heat Pumps and Solar Energy, a win-win combination

Workshop 7 – Community energy supply systems and district heating