The Danish Council for Strategic Research Programme Commission on Sustainable Energy and Environment has awarded a grant of 18.9 million DKK from to investigate energy-efficient magnetic heat pumps. The five-year project will investigate the use of magnetocaloric materials as the active component in a heat pump. Such magnetic heat pumps will have a very high energy efficiency, and the use of harmful gases found in conventional heat pumps is avoided.
DTU Energy Conversion leads the project with other leading Danish and international research institutions as partners: University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Imperial College London (UK), and University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The participation of four industry partners, Technoflex and Alpcon from Denmark together with Vacuumschmelze and BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte from Germany, will ensure a close focus on the industrial relevance of the results.