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TCP news


Heat pumping technologies in near Zero Emission Buildings (nZEBs)

The latest issue of the Heat Pumping Technologies magazine from the HPT TCP examines various aspects of heat pumps in nZEBs including legislation, directives and standards, and possible reasons why heat pumps receive only modest attention in EU policy. There is also a summary of two recently finalised HPT TCP projects, one on cold climate heat pumps, and the other on heat pumps in smart grids. Download here.  

What role do voluntary agreements play as a policy tool?

The 4E TCP has released a 2-page policy brief on Voluntary Agreements (VAs), a type of policy measure used by governments to stimulate the development and uptake of energy efficiency appliances and equipment. This policy brief is based on new research into 51 VAs in place since 2000, as well as the accumulated experience of the 4E TCP members. Download here.   

Multilingual motor systems tool

An updated version of the Motor Systems Tool, developed by the 4E TCP, is now available for download. This free design tool is an independent calculator for complete motor systems that utilises impartial models of standardised components, to determine the efficiency at any given duty point on a complete motor system. It is now available in English, Danish, German and French versions. Download here.

New international collaboration platform in the buildings sector

The Energy Endeavour initiative, an international platform to highlight innovative methods, tools and systems in the buildings sector, is a new 3-year project of the TCP on Buildings and Communities (EBC TCP). More...   

Raising the profile of energy efficiency 

Learn about the work of the TCP on Energy Efficient End-Use Equiment (4E TCP) and the role it plays in raising the profile of energy efficiency, as explained  in this new video. Also now available is the 4E TCP 2016 Annual Report which outlines in more detail all the activities of the 4E TCP. Download here

Four winners recognised in international heat pump award

This year, four winners from Italy, Sweden and the United States were honoured with the Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Award. Awarded every three years, it recognises individuals or teams who have achieved distinction in the advancement of heat pumping technologies, applications, market development and management or organisation of activities with lasting international impact. Press release

Energy aware devices offer opportunities to reduce electricity use

Saving energy in buildings has always suffered from a lack of detailed information on how much each individual device within a building actually uses. This report, Energy Aware Devices, Study of Policy Opportunities, published by the 4E TCP's Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA), presents information and analysis of policy and programme opportunities to reduce electricity use by encouraging devices to become energy aware. Download here.  

Policy guidelines for motor driven units 

A first report from a major study by the 4E TCP Electric Motor Systems Annex (EMSA), Policy Guidelines for Motor Driven Units - Part 1, focusing on pumps, fans and compressors, contains a detailed description of existing standards and national regulations covering these products and summaries of their differences. Download from the EMSA publications page here. An Executive Summary is also available as a separate publication. 

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