Establishing un-contested markets, the multi-source heat pump.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

When new ideas are being vetted they are inevitably viewed through an existing context.  How do these ideas conform to the existing frame of reference?

These need to be addressed but not necessarily directly or as the context wants them to to be addressed.

The proposition that we are making does not follow the parameters that most of the industry follows.  We do not believe that the ground source industry is an appropriate context to view multi source applications.  We also do not believe that the solar thermal industry is an appropriate context.

The application perspective of a multi source heat pump with a thermal battery must start over.  The differences must be taken into account for what they are and new context frame of references need to be formed.  When new propositions are made it is very difficult to objectively view them because of previous reference points.

For example, the solar thermal industry “knows” that storing energy in below ground tanks has significant conductive losses regardless of how well insulated it is.  The geo industry “knows” that a thermal battery does not have enough thermal proximity to enough earth to support a heat pump.  Both are true and both are false.  It all depends on the intended application.  If you think you are going to use the buried tank to store high temp solar, you will find that it does not work well for that.  If you think the buried tank will absorb heat like earth loops, you will find it has limited capability for that.

If you can see that both of those poor performing situations are the result of previously formed perspectives and that they are not inherent limitations on the current proposition, you are ahead of the curve.  You don’t want to let established frames of reference complicate and confuse the situation.  Start fresh and see each thing for what it is.

Are we trying to re-invent the wheel with the multi-source heat pump thermal battery system?  Perhaps but I think of it as a going back to basics.  We are not trying to make things more complicated, we are trying to be as “true” to thermodynamics as we can.  We are starting at the beginning and telling physics to drive.  We are not putting arbitrary barriers in the path or establishing a bias with some proprietary element.

It will take some time for the multi-source heat pump market to establish itself but I think that when it does it will accelerate quickly.  I am hopeful that we will be able to offer a software simulation program in the near future that can help people learn how various multi-source heat pump configurations will perform in various regions.  We have already had the modeling created but we need to modify it a bit and we then need to have a user friendly “executable” program built.

Where will the industry be in five years?  Thermal Battery Systems Inc. is betting on it being bigger than it is today.




1 Comment

  1. Good articles, James, human nature is funny when it comes to understanding something that is different, it does take perspective.

    I totally agree that Geo and Solar are two silos in the Industry that do not think in terms of hybrid combinations. We have found great performance and economics with the Solar Heat Pump.

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