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Heating, cooling and refrigeration systems

Heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems are the major contributors to energy use and CO2 emission worldwide.

Heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems are the major contributors to energy use and CO2 emission worldwide. Taking Europe as an example, heating and cooling contributes to approximately half of the total energy use in the continent. Heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems are among the most influential global players in the field of Energy, Environment, and Human comfort. These systems are widely used for different applications e.g. space heating and air-conditioning in residential and commercial buildings, district heating and cooling, food preservation and many other residential and industrial applications.

Our research focuses on providing sustainable and efficient heating, cooling and refrigeration systems for a large variety of applications. Our research not only covers complex engineering problems from component to system level but also business model innovation, human behavior, and economics. We have a long history of research and innovation on Heat Pump and Supermarket Refrigeration systems and we have supported the Swedish industry over several decades to become one of the pioneers globally in this field. We have a well-equipped laboratory that facilitates experimental analysis of components and systems in a wide range of conditions. Furthermore we have developed holistic system models which can simulate different operation and control strategies for the systems at building and city levels.

The research conducted in this area cover:

  • Heat Pump and Refrigeration systems (environmentally benign systems, geothermal, Air source, etc.)
  • Combined Solar and Heat Pump systems (Solar PV, Solar thermal, etc.)
  • Low Temperature Power Cycles
  • District Heating/Cooling
  • Smart control and maintenance of heating and cooling systems (System control, Fault Detection and Diagnosis, etc.)


Below is a list of our recent research projects:

Long-term performance measurement of GSHP systems serving commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings

Building heating solutions in China

Smart control strategies in heat pump systems

Solar energy and ground source heat pumps for Swedish multi-family housing (completed)

Towards sustainable, fossil-free heating systems in small, residential buildings

Novel tool and guidelines for designing ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) in densely populated areas

Page responsible:Oxana Samoteeva
Belongs to: Energy Technology
Last changed: Sep 20, 2021
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Smart Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Heat Pumps
Performance indicators for energy efficient supermarket buildings
Magnetic Refrigeration
High-Resolution GIS District Heating Source-Load Mapping
Smart Solar Hybrid Solutions for Sustainable European Buildings
Building state-of-the-art (SotA) supermarket: Putting theory into practice
Efficient utilization of industrial waste heat by low temperature heat driven power cycles – an integrated approach for Swedish Industry
Cooperation between Supermarkets and Real Estate Owners; Energy Efficiency and Business Models
Digitalization and IoT technologies for Heat Pump systems