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Performance of 10 heatpump systems in a field test
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ECN Energy in the Built Environment 1-11-2005
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ECN-RX--05-172 Conference Paper
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Presented at: European Conference and Cooperation Exchange on Sustainable Energy Systems 2005, Vienna, Austria, 5-8 oktober 2005.


Heat pump installations use renewable energy and can thus be applied in sustainable energy systems for heating and cooling of buildings. Satisfaction of users of such systems is one of the main factors for successful large-scale implementation. Good technical performance and reduction of exploitation costs are said to be important aspects that lead to satisfied users. But how important are these aspects? Do they guarantee satisfied users? The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands evaluated 10 identical sustainable energy systems for heating and cooling of dwellings over a period of at least 1 year. Not only technical and energetic aspects were evaluated but also inhabitant experiences with the installations. These experiences include control, comfort and cost aspects.

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