Today, according to experts, most heat pumps only have a durability of 15-25 years, but researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway (USN) and the University of Oslo believe that they have developed a new heat pump that will last up to 10,000 years! The new heat pump is comprised of many miniature heat pumps, as small as one cubic millimeter(cmm3), that can be arranged in an array to create a larger unit that can be tall and thin or short and wide, offering super flexible modularity for application in any area of a building.
“The most important advantage of the new heat pump is that you can regulate its size and form and that it is much more durable than heat pumps are today. It is also more environmentally friendly,” PhD. Physics and Chief Engineer at USN, Jan Kåre Bording reported.
The new pump is not only very flexible in application, allowing it to be installed in virtually any part of a building, but its green factor is extended further as it features a thermo-electric system which removes the need for toxic puron or freon gas to run. The pumps also boast a longer durable life as compared to today’s heat pumps, proving to be a huge cost advantage as maintenance costs will also be reduced in the long-term. Currently, existing heat pumps start to deteriorate after the first year of use, and require frequent inspection thereafter until the pump completely fails.
According to the researchers above, the heat pump will be ready to launch on the market within five years in Europe, and seven years in the U.S., due to slow adoption of new technology there.
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