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heat pump

n.
A device that warms or cools a building by transferring heat from a relatively low-temperature reservoir to one at a higher temperature.
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heat pump

n
(Mechanical Engineering) a device, as used in a refrigerator, for extracting heat from a source and delivering it elsewhere at a much higher temperature
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heat′ pump`


n.
a device that uses a compressible refrigerant to transfer heat in a reversible process from one body, as the ground, air, or water, to another body, as a building.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.heat pump - apparatus that extracts heat from a liquid that is at a higher temperature than its surroundings; can be used to transfer heat from a reservoir outside in order to heat a building
apparatus, setup - equipment designed to serve a specific function
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1 Most people opt for either a ground or air source heat pump because water source heat pumps need a lake, river or stream to work, and the majority of us don't have these in our garden.
About a third of all single-family houses in Sweden are heated by ground source heat pumps. The typical ground source heat pump is a 5-10 kW (17,060-34,120 Btu/hr) capacity heat pump connected to a 100-200 m (328-656 ft.) deep vertical groundwater filled borehole in hard rock.
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Direct use of geothermal, primarily heat pumps, is on the rise as demand for electricity expands worldwide and energy prices increase.
German-owned Stiebel Eltron makes microgeneration heat pumps and solar panels, as well as heating and ventilating products.
Owenson is product manager of gas heaters and heat pumps at Jandy in Petaluma, Calif.
Instead of using fossil fuels to produce heat, heat pumps take advantage of the ground temperature, which remains relatively constant year round, to provide space heating and cooling.
"I think there's a lot of growth yet to come for ground source heat pumps, especially since we seem to be lagging a bit behind some surrounding states," Schmitt says.
The underlying tenor of the article sounds as though ground-source heat pumps are not considered to be as attractive in the UK as they are in other countries.
"We know we are going to save on most of the gas we displace, but it's not free to drive these heat pumps," says Skagestad.
Installed capacities of medium and low energy geothermal power (excluding heat pumps) in Europe were estimated at 1 051.6 MWth at the end of 2002, according to the latest Barometer published by EurObserv'ER.