Field Study to Assess Occupant Experience of and Market Potential for Heat Pump Load Flexibility Controls

The Western Cooling Efficiency Center is leading a new study to develop and demonstrate heat pump load flexibility controls that save energy, reduce carbon emissions, and maintain occupant comfort. The project will monitor technical performance and occupant satisfaction before and after installation of the controls on heat pump water heaters and space conditioning heat pumps in demonstration homes. The Market Transformation Research Team is leading site recruitment, building owner and occupant engagement, and user assessments. Towards the end of the project, the Team will conduct a market barriers and commercialization assessment to characterize the current landscape and outline a pathway for the commercialization of heat pump load flexibility controls.

Project Partners: UCD Western Cooling Efficiency Center, Rheem, TRC, Mutual Housing, RCD Housing

Sponsor: California Energy Commission, Grant # EPC-19-015