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Achieving Higher Heat Pump COP through the use of Roof-top Thermal Solar Collectors

29 May 2012
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Where: K505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow
Times: 12.30 -14.00 [GMT+1 / BST] (12:00 for lunch)


The European Energy Centre (EEC) works with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in educating professionals and technicians in renewable energy, refrigeration and heat pumps.  As explained at , the EEC works with all major universities, institutes and organisations worldwide - such as Edinburgh Napier University, the leading American association ASHRAE, the European association AREA, the intergovernmental International Institute of Refrigeration IIR representing 61 countries worldwide - and through our leading experts we promote best practice and ensure high standards in the industry are always met.  The EEC is a leading provider of renewable energy training courses, those can be viewed at .

Heat pumps is an important technology we teach and promote to professionals and technicians working in the heating, air conditioning and related sectors, such technology has increased of importance especially as the European Commission in the more recent years has categorized heat pumps as a renewable energy technology, as long as a certain efficiency is met.  As per all renewable energy technologies, the better the efficiency the more important those become to help meet national and European renewable energy and energy efficiency targets.  Centro Studi Galileo, as a leader in Italy, and with its strong presence in Europe with the European Energy Centre based in Edinburgh (UK), is always keen to promote and publish important new technologies to share with its large network of professionals, leading experts and technicians.

As part of a CIC-Start funded project the Director of European Energy Centre, Mr Paolo Buoni collaborated with Professor Tariq Muneer and Miss Lorraine McCauley, both of School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University with the view to undertake a feasibility study for achieving higher heat pump COP through the use of roof-top thermal solar collectors.  This webinar shall present those results which may be divided into four main development areas; an investigation into the on-site solar and ground energy resource, an analysis on the influence of the solar collector in achieving higher heat pump COP, a development of a simulation tool for the identification of the optimum solar collector area and an annual energy consumption using the heat pump.  A collection of manufacturers’ data from various heat pumps and solar collectors was carried out in order to test the performance of the different technologies.

This webinar will show that the use of solar collector in northern latitude country has little impact on the heat pump performance improvement in winter. However, the system works well in summer.  The system is more suitable for cold countries with high irradiance, e.g. Pyrenees, Alps, south of France, Italy and North of Spain.


Prof Tariq Muneer, Edinburgh Napier University
Paolo Buoni, The European Energy Centre


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. This will provide a live video feed, presentation and chat area - with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion using the Q&A (online chat) facility.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the seminar in person.

A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers.   Lunch and registration starts at 12:00, with the seminar commencing at 12:30.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.

The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).


The seminar fee may be 50% funded by Skills Development Scotland if the business employs less than 250 people and meets Skills Development Scotland's criteria.  After booking the course, please contact or call 0300 456 8731.



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