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Performance of an Air Source Heat Pump in the Irish Climate

Igen is a Heat Pump technology company, which specialises in aerothermal, hydrothermal & geothermal heat pumps. Igen offers a complete range of services from consultation to design, installation and commissioning. The company has over 25 years experience in Heat Energy Technology and are Europe’s leading trainers in Heat Pump Technology.

The Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (CREDIT) carries out applied research in small scale wind systems, large scale wind with electricity storage and biofuels from marine sources. Dundalk Institute of Technology has a suite of specialised equipment including a large wind turbine on campus, a flow battery system for electricity storage, a biodiesel testing facility, a thermal storage system for building cooling and a training facility for the installation of solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass boilers. CREDIT has carried out a multitude of applied research projects and consultancy projects with industry in the areas of wind energy, heat pumps and solar energy, since 2002.

Due to the expertise and facilities available at CREDIT, Igen engaged with the centre on a short term collaborative project, funded under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme. The aim of the project was to monitor and evaluate the performance of the IGEN-OCHSNER GMLW 19 air source heat pump in the provision of hot water and space heat over one year. This was particularly important to the company as the application of Air Source Heat Pumps is relatively new to maritime climates such as Ireland’s.

CREDIT monitored the performance of the IGEN-OCHSNER GMLW 19 air source heat pump during one of the coldest winters in Ireland on record. They used this data to produce an independent and detailed report, which also provided details of the economic performance and the CO2 emissions of the system compared to conventional fossil fuel systems.

The collaboration with CREDIT has helped Igen to become even more competitive due to the experience gained during the partnership by highlighting the importance of using firstly, an Ochsner air source heat pump which is specifically designed for heating as opposed to using air conditioning  technology as a heat pump and secondly, a specialised installer like Igen to ensure optimised performance of the complete heating system. The company has also used the information in the report to showcase the benefits of using such a system to potential clients. Crucially, the data and information gathered during the partnership with CREDIT will assist Igen to develop its business in the UK, which has a similar climate to Ireland.

Testimonials

“The benefits of working with a research partner on this project was the added knowledge and expertise that became available to the company. This helps inform and increases the in-house knowledge and expertise of the company which enhances commercial outcomes. The research partner brings independent and impartial evaluations which support the company’s efforts in bringing optimised heat pump solutions to customers. This in turn reinforces the company’s good reputation. The expertise that resides in the Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology placed them well to carry out the study and the experience of working with them was very positive.”
Colm Martin - Director, Igen

“It is very beneficial for a research partner to engage with external commercial partners such as Igen as it helps inform the research partner of the real life implications of using renewable energy systems. This can then be fed back to the research efforts resulting in enhanced and applicable research results to real world situations. The experience gained can also be imparted on the renewable energy courses available at Dundalk Institute of Technology in preparing students for industry.”
Raymond Byrne - Centre for Renewable Energy, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Client: Igen
Institution:
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Industry: Energy
National Priority Area: Marine and Renewable Energy

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Dr. Tim McCormac
Dundalk Institute of Technology
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