TEP4260 - Heat Pumps for Heating and Cooling of Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

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

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: Introduction to heating systems based on biomass, solar heat, district heating and heat pumps, 1) Heat pumps in the Norwegian energy system, 2) Heat pumps and renewable energy, 3) Thermodynamics for the heat pump process, 4) Working fluids, 5) Main components (compressors, heat exchangers etc.), 6) Heat sources and heat extraction systems, 7) Heating and cooling demands in buildings, 8) Dimensioning of different heat pump systems, 9) System design, 10) Distribution systems for heating and cooling, 11) Control strategies, 12) Plant analysis for heat pumps in homes, non-residential buildings and district heating and cooling systems, 13) Investment analysis. The main focus in this course is on energy efficient heating and cooling of buildings.

Learning outcome

Provide the student with knowledge about:
- Brief introduction to heating systems based on biomass, solar heat, district heating, natural gas and heat pumps
- Thermodynamics for the heat pump cycle incl. analysis of different heat pump cycles in T-s, T-h and p-h charts.
- Thermodynamic, practical and environmental properties for working fluids.
- Main components – compressors, heat exchangers (evaporators, condensers etc.), expansion devices etc. in heat pumps.
- Heat sources and heat source systems incl. seawater, ground water, bedrock, soil, ambient air, ventilation air, grey water and sewage.
- Power and energy demand for heating and cooling of buildings.
- Dimensioning, design/construction and control of heat pump plants.
- Heating/ventilation systems and how they affect performance and energy use for heat pumps.
- Hands-on experience with heat pump design.
- Investment and profitability analysis.

The course should enable the student to:
- Carry out exergy calculations for different heating systems incl. heat pumps.
- Calculate heating/cooling capacity, COP and seasonal performance factor (SPF) for single-stage and two-stage heat pump systems.
- Design heat pump systems on a principle level, i.e. not detailed design of components.
- Understand the operating dynamics in heat pumps are different operating conditions with regard to heating/cooling capacity, COP and different operation parameters.
- Work out system optimum designs for heat pump systems with regard to thermodynamic principles and practical issues.
- Carry out investment analysis and profitability analysis for heat pump systems.

The course should give the student insight on:
- Environmental impact and primary energy use for system for heating/cooling of buildings.
- Principles for thermodynamic heating.
- System approach, the relationship between components (subsystems) and efficiencies.
- Optimal integration of heat pumps in buildings with heating and cooling demands.
- The most important factors that have an impact on the energy use of heat pump plants.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, theoretical exercises, practical exercises in the laboratory and plant visits. 7 out 10 exercises must be delivered in time and approved. The lectures and exercises are in English when foreign students attend the lectures/exercises. Foreeign studens will get Examination papers 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.

Specific conditions

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 at "It's Learning".

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO7055 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2019-12-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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