Cold climate heat pump prototype being developed in Toronto
December 14, 2023 | By HPAC Magazine
Terravis Energy, a subsidiary of New York-based Worksport Ltd., is testing a working prototype of a cold climate air source residential heat pump in the Toronto area.
Terravis Energy, a subsidiary of New York-based Worksport Ltd., is testing a working prototype of a cold climate, air source residential heat pump in a specialized climate chamber in Toronto.
“We are engaged in this rigorous and severe testing protocol because Terravis’s mission is to offer a zero-emission residential heat pump that sets new standards in cold-weather performance,” commented Terravis Energy’s CEO, Lorenzo Rossi in a company press release. “Our heat pump’s goal is to provide heat to homes in as low -31F (-35C), which we believe will make us the most effective heat pump technology in the market.”
The testing chamber conducts cold weather trials across a range of temperature points from 14F (-10C) to -31F (-35C). These tests include checking four refrigerant pressure zones, airflow, and the energy consumption of each component with an aim of optimizing the heat pump’s efficiency and performance at various temperatures.
The Terravis heat pump is being designed to offer an easy-to-install modular design permitting different ways of mounting depending on the space.