Critical COP for an economically feasible industrial heat-pump application
Journal article, 1997

In this paper, the expression for critical COP is derived for an economically feasible industrial heat-pump application. It is a function of the price ratio between input energy and heating, the price ratio between equipment and energy, and the payback period. Using this critical COP, a preliminary assessment can be made of whether an industrial heat-pump application is worth discussing further. The influences of various economic factors on the critical COP for different types of heat pumps are also discussed.

Heat pump

coefficient of performance


Xiao Feng

Thore Berntsson

Department of Heat and Power Technology

Applied Thermal Engineering

Vol. 17 1/January 1997 93-101

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Chemical Engineering



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