The challenge: Develop a smart system that monitors and manages heat pump installations.
Description of the problem
The Hague has the ambition to become a zero carbon-city without natural gas by 2040. To achieve this, the city of The Hague has developed a strategy that describes numerous measures. To reduce the dependency on natural gas means that half of the existing houses need to be heated with electric systems.
One of the most important ways to heat buildings is by using a heat pump. A heat pump collects heat from its surrounding environment (e.g. sewage, surface water, earth, air). Such heat pumps can raise the temperature to about 30 or 40 degrees Celsius, but they can only deliver enough heat when buildings are sufficiently isolated and if there is a low temperature radiator, or floor or wall heating system in place.
Optimizing the operation of heat pumps is necessary to prevent unnecessary energy loss and to improve attractiveness of the system. The following features s can be an addition to systems currently on the market.
We are looking for a kind of ‘smart meter’ that can monitor and manage heat pumps. Note that it would be an advantage if this solution can connect to other electronic devices within a household as well.
What are we looking for?
We challenge you to develop a monitoring and operating system for heat pumps that is:
What are we not looking for?