TEP4260 - Heat Pumps for Heating and Cooling of Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Heat pumps for energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling of all kinds of buildings as well as district heating and cooling systems.

  1. Introduction to heating and cooling systems based on heat pumps,
  2. Thermodynamics for the heat pump process,
  3. Working fluids,
  4. Main components (compressors, heat exchangers, etc.),
  5. Heat sources and heat extraction systems,
  6. Heating and cooling power and energy demands in buildings,
  7. Dimensioning and design of different heat pump systems,
  8. Distribution systems for heating and cooling,
  9. Control strategies,
  10. Modelling of heat pump systems for building integration,
  11. Plant analysis for heat pumps (in residential and non-residential buildings and district heating and cooling systems).

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE Provide the student with knowledge about:

  1. Brief introduction to heating systems based on heat pumps
  2. Thermodynamics for the heat pump cycle incl. analysis of different heat pump cycles in T-s, T-h and p-h diagrams.
  3. Thermodynamic, practical and environmental properties for working fluids.
  4. Main components (compressors, heat exchangers, evaporators, condensers and expansion devices) in heat pumps.
  5. Heat sources and heat source systems incl. seawater, ground water, bedrock, soil, ambient air, ventilation air, grey water and sewage.
  6. Power and energy demand for heating and cooling of buildings.
  7. Dimensioning, design/construction and control of heat pump plants.
  8. Building integration of heat pumps supported by building performance simulation tools.
  9. Description of state-of-the-art heat pump installations.

SKILLS The course should enable the student to:

  1. Calculate the states, energy flows and COP of heat pump cycles with diagrams or simulation tools (ex. COOLPACK).
  2. Calculate the required heating and cooling capacities, COP and seasonal performance factor (SPF) for heat pump systems with analytical methods or simulation tools (eks. IDA ICE).
  3. Design heat pump systems on a principle level, i.e. not detailed design of components:
    1. Design adapted to the building power and energy needs.
    2. Design efficient for the different operating conditions (ex. part load).
    3. Design to maximize the energy efficiency of the heat pump unit(s).
  4. Carry out simple investment analysis and profitability analysis for heat pump systems.

GENERAL COMPETENCE The course should give the student insight on:

  • Can apply holistic design of heating and cooling systems in buildings combining the building energy needs, the heating system and the component levels, typically heat pump unit(s).
  • Can apply analytical methods and simulation tools to support the design of heat pump systems.
  • Can report on and analyse the key technological properties of heat pump installations and the resulting system performance (energy, COP, SPF, temperature).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures in classroom (via Blackboard Collaborate if necessary), theoretical and simulation exercises, practical exercises in the laboratory and plant visits. 2/3 of exercises must be delivered in time and approved. The lectures and exercises are in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

TEP4120 Engineering Thermodynamics 1, FENA1011 Thermodynamics , FENG1011 Thermodynamics or FENT1011 Thermodynamics given at NTNU, or equivalent.

Course materials

Extensive handouts from the lectures (overheads, pdf-format) in English, detailed solutions to the exercises in English as well previous examinations with detailed solutions in English - uploaded in Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO7055 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Indoor Environment
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermal Energy - Energy Systems
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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