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What applications/mechanical systems can 3-ton water-to-air heat pumps be used for?

Sean Bickerton | Posted in Mechanicals on

Hi all,

I thought it would be helpful to solicit the assistance of the GBA community to help with this problem.

Basically, I work in facilities maintenance looking after several ‘Legacy’ buildings in what was the Athlete’s Village in Whistler, BC, Canada. One of the buildings housed a central server room during the 2010 winter olympics that was cooled by two Bosch FHP EC036-VTC Water to Air heat pumps.

The heating and cooling loop water comes from a ‘district energy system’, so basically waste heat from the water treatment plant in the community is passed through our heat exchanger and transfers heat to closed loop serving the heat pumps.

This server room however no longer houses the arsenal of servers that were needed to serve the Olympics. Basically, the heat pumps were operated for cooling for several months until April 2010 and have been turned off ever since.

I’d like to find these heat pumps a nice new home. My question to the GBA community is:
What applications or system configurations would these be well suited to? Obviously, a ground source system with forced air, but any other ideas? The more information I have, the better chance I can find someone who can use these and not scrap them.

Can these pumps be used with anything other than ground source, or ‘district energy systems’? What other practical sources of heat can be used with a water to air heat pump?

Thanks for any info in advance,


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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    A pond-source heat pump.

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