A heat pump is a device that can provide heating, cooling and hot water for residential, commercial and industrial use. Despite the name, all heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling. They work well in nearly all types of climate.
EHPA aims for quality. Together with its member it tries to show both the end-consumers and policy makers that heat pumps are quality products that are very energy efficient and are using the available renewable energy sources as much as possible.
EHPA is the voice of the heat pump sector in the European Union and advocates for a faster deployment of heat pumps. We want EU laws that enable heat pumps to become the number one heating and cooling solution in Europe. Everyone, everywhere should have access to sustainable, affordable heating.
EHPA members meet at the annual general assembly.
EHPA organises the annual conference Heat Pump Forum, and several heat pump related events every year.
EHPA co-organises and supports the European Heat Pump Summit in Nuremberg.
EHPA is present at major trade fairs in Europe.
Air source heat pumps use the energy in outside air or air from a ventilation system for heating, cooling and heating water. They can be installed entirely inside or outside the house. Or, you can have a system with one unit inside the building and one outside.
Water source heat pumps use the energy stored in ground water, surface, or sea or sewage water. The heat pump takes heat from the water and makes it available for heating, cooling and preparation of hot water. Water source heat pumps are particularly efficient because water is a very good energy carrier.
Ground source heat pumps use the energy stored in the ground. They extract heat from the ground either by a vertical or horizontal collector.
Electrically and thermally driven heat pumps.
Many heat pumps use electricity to drive the compression cycle - meaning to heat up the energy from the air, water or underground a bit more. The heat pump can be plugged in and use renewable electricity.
Thermally driven heat pumps use heat or an engine to drive the compression cycle instead.
There are three main type of thermally driven heat pumps. Gas sorption heat pump (GAHP) and thermal compression heat pump (TCHP) are both covered by the standard EN 12309 and gas engine heat pump (GEHP) is covered by the standard EN 16905.