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Heating and cooling represent 50% of the EU’s final energy consumption and up to 70% of domestic energy use. A growing sensitivity among population towards environmental preservation and EU regulations are pushing sustainable solutions in the market. Among them, heat pumps are considered to be the most efficient system. However, they have significant performance limitations and need to be combined with other systems to meet the full residential needs, becoming complex to install and expensive for the user. But this is about to change: together with TNO, the start-up Blue Heart Energy is working on a new type of heat pump that will overcome all the shortcomings of current heat pumps.
Compression heat pumps and air conditioning systems currently use refrigerants with HFC, that have 1.000 to 9.000 times greater capacity to warm the atmosphere than CO2. Blue Heart has leveraged TNO’s deep knowledge on thermo acoustics to develop a heat pump that uses Helium as refrigerant, and hence is innocuous for the environment.
Current heat pumps require a good house insulation in order to work efficiently. Blue Heart superior performance eliminates this barrier of entry, as it can function efficiently in existing houses without requiring previous insulation.
Blue Hearts Technology is completely silent. It contains fewer parts than today’s complex systems. As a consequence, it will significantly reduce the cost of ownership of heat pumps by lowering not only the energy bill, but also its purchase price and the maintenance needs.
Blue Heart Energy solution has been conceived to replace the core component of existing heat pumps, and designed to be easily integrated by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators. Hence, it will not be directly be sold to the public, but as the embedded engine of the most advanced heat pumps in the market. It will be launched in the Netherlands, and the EU, but it is expected to revolutionize the heating and cooling industry in the entire world. TNO is a co-founder of Blue Heart Energy and also has a technology license agreement.