Most heat pumps maintain an average useful life of 10-20 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, that can be arranged in an array to create a larger unit that can be tall and thin or short and wide, offering 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 more durable than heat pumps are today. It is also more environmentally friendly,” Doctor of Physics and Chief Engineer at USN, Jan Kåre Bording told Phys.org.
The new pump is not only flexible in application, allowing it to be installed in virtually any part of a building, but its green factor is upped further as it features a thermo-electric system which removes the need for toxic 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 the heat pump will be ready to launch on the market in five to ten years.