Project Info

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Project Title 
Testing of Commercial Variable Capacity Heat Pump Systems for Small Commercial Office Buildings
Project Number 
DR12.16
Investor Owned Utilities 
SCE
End-use 
HVAC
Sector 
Commercial
Project Year(s) 
2013 - 2017
Description 

This field study is evaluating the potential of variable capacity heat pump (VCHP) systems that have the ability to use smart integrated controls, variable-speed drives, refrigerant piping, and heat recovery. This provides products that can be controlled by a smart thermostat with such attributes as high energy efficiency, flexible operation, ease of installation, low noise, zone control, and comfort using all-electric technology. This project is intended to assess the ability of a building’s installed energy management systems to serve as an available resource for load management. This involves simulating load-shedding events to trigger the VCHP’s built-in DR algorithm.