Heat Pump Decision Support Tool

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Many analyses, including the Renewable Thermal Vision Report, identify electric heat pumps as a key opportunity to decarbonize low-temperature industrial heat generation, which accounts for 43% of total U.S. industrial thermal emissions. Heat pumps have garnered attention for their ability to produce precise amounts of heat at a low cost and high efficiency, allowing companies to eliminate pollution from fossil fuel combustion and decrease energy costs across a range of geographies and industrial applications. However, while engineers widely understand heat pumps’ use for space heating, fewer recognize their use for industrial processes.

To help close the knowledge gaps preventing heat pump deployment, the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), along with Verco, developed this tool comparing heat pump models by their performance, costs, emissions reduction potential, and suitability to different geographies. By analyzing heat pump technology alongside site specifications and business considerations, the tool aims to bridge the gap between renewable energy managers planning to reduce emissions across multiple sites and technical engineering teams implementing solutions on the ground.

The concept driving the tool arose from a working group of industrial energy buyers convened by the RTC to address the barriers challenging their renewable transition. After a thorough decision process that reviewed energy and business needs across sectors, the group settled on developing a tool to help deploy heat pumps to decarbonize industrial operations in the near term. To participate in future collaborations addressing the barriers facing renewable thermal energy, join the RTC.

Fill out the form below to download the RTC Heat Pump Decision Support Tool.