Diane Pham

Researchers Develop a Heat Pump That Can Last 10,000 Years

by , 04/28/11

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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.

Via Physorg

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7 Comments

  1. Kai Six November 15, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Wow, I\\\’m 3 years late, but that\\\’s pretty awesome. Will be useful for exploratory remote robotics.

  2. Jan Steinman Jan Steinman May 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Are these based on the Seebeck or Peltier Effect? If so, then it is probably just an increment on existing technology. You can go to your local variety store and buy a 12VDC camping cooler based or Peltier junction solid-state heat pumps.

    Or is this truly something new?

  3. Brucexxxx April 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Change “comprised of” to “composed of.”

  4. richpond April 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

    This solid-state heat pump technology was old hat decades ago. You can buy such heat pumps off the shelf today. Some picnic coolers for use in cars (12 volt) are made with this technology. When they were introduced many years ago they were hailed as using the latest new technological developments from NASA, although even then the technology was basically well known though NASA had funded useful improvements. There is nothing at all in this article that merits the description of a ‘new technology’.

  5. mdfmdf April 29, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Where’s the efficiency numbers?
    “ready for launch in 5-10 years” = “we have a tech we think is kewl but have no idea how to manufacture it in quantity or how to market it”

    Don’t have to wait 5-10 years, buy them now from lairdtech dot com, search for thermoelectric-modules

  6. Thorwald April 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Where is a useful link to the source of these news? Just a *single* useful link. Is that too much asked in the age of the Internets?

  7. minus_wit_humor April 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Take that planned obsolescence! :0)

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