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Course Overview

The MOOC aims to give an overview of the heat pump technologies application in the context of the energy transition. In particular, using a case based approach, the course will start with examples of the heating and cooling needs of the buildings then moving to the working principle and technologies of the electrically driven heat pumps. After examples of energy performance indicators calculations and dynamic simulation of the heat pump coupled to a building, the integration of the heat pumps into more complex systems (smart grids) is discussed, introducing the tools allowing heat storage and strategies for control (demand side management).

Learning Objectives

Once students have completed the course, they will be able to:

    • know the potential use of a heat pump in the energy transition framework

    • describe heating and cooling load profile

    • do simple calculations of primary energy consumption and environmental impact

    • describe the heat pump working principle and understand the variation of the performance under variable boundary conditions

    • know the basics of different technologies

    • estimate the performance of a heat pump according to standards

    • Size a heat pump and read critically the results of a dynamic simulation

    • describe the technologies for heat storage with heat pumps

    • know some examples of application in complex systems

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Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Electric heat pumps: the potential role in a scenario of large energy production by renewable sources2020/06/11
  • Lesson 2 - Heating and Cooling loads of EU buildings 2020/06/17
  • Lesson 3 - Primary energy consumption and environmental impact2020/06/24
  • Lesson 4 - How does a heat pump work? Which factors do affect a heat pump operation?2020/07/08
  • Lesson 5 - Estimation of seasonal performance indicators2020/07/15
  • Lesson 6 - Recent technology for heat pumps2020/07/22
  • Lesson 7 - Heat pumps innovations2020/07/29
  • Lesson 8 - Perspectives of heat pumps in the energy transition framework2020/08/05


Alfonso William Mauro

Alfonso William Mauro is Associate Professor of Refrigeration and Applied Thermodynamics at the Federico II University of Naples. He has experience in teaching, R&D and technology transfer activities in the field of energy conversion systems.