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Renewable Energy => Heat Pumps => Topic started by: allegrif on November 26, 2015, 04:27:51 PM

Title: How do heat pumps work?
Post by: allegrif on November 26, 2015, 04:27:51 PM
Sorry to be ignorant, but I'm a little confused on what exactly these pumps accomplish. Perhaps someone could give me a simplified explanation? That would be fantastic, I'm freshly interested in renewable energy, so I'm very much learning as I'm going.
Title: Re: How do heat pumps work?
Post by: JamesH on November 27, 2015, 11:52:11 AM
I'm not exactly sure so take this with a pinch of salt. I believe heat pumps work in a similar way to refrigerators. I know they basically move heat rather than generate it, but by what process I'm not sure.
Title: Re: How do heat pumps work?
Post by: CuriousGeorge on December 01, 2015, 08:44:06 PM
I'd also be interested to see an easy explanation of this. Perhaps the admin can come and help us out?
Title: Re: How do heat pumps work?
Post by: Jemappelle on December 04, 2015, 07:29:37 PM
Compressed air. The compressed side heats up, the decompressed air cools. No heat is actually being gained, but you're essentially 'stealing' heat from one place, and putting it in another.
Title: Re: How do heat pumps work?
Post by: E.Richardson on October 08, 2018, 04:22:23 PM
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