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Heat Pumps



Feb. 28th 2022 9:13 am By Michelle Lewis PT @michelle0728

How US-made heat pumps could help weaken Russian 🦕 power over Europe

Electrek’s Take

This post is, of course, an oversimplified summary of the current geopolitical situation between Europe and Russia (and the potential of heat pumps), but overall, we think McKibben is onto something good. (You can read Bill McKibben’s entire article here.)

The US would benefit from domestic manufacturing of heat pumps, as that would create jobs, and also provide heat pumps that could also be used domestically once Europe gets what they need in the current crisis.

Those heat pumps would set up European countries for more energy self-sufficiency, and thus stability. And it would in turn help weaken Russia’s power over Europe that it wields with its oil and gas exports. It’s economic warfare, and it beats the hell out of actual warfare. It’s also a much-needed battle against climate change.

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March 11, 2022

Heat Pump Exports Examined To Undermine Putin
The White House is considering ramping up manufacturing of energy-efficient heat pumps to counter Russia's fossil fuel-based leverage over European allies of the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

The administration's consideration of the idea comes as more than 200 environmental groups released a public letter calling on the Biden administration to use the Defense Production Act to boost deployment of clean energy and energy efficient technologies.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports, an interagency review of ways to increase liquified 🦕 methane gas exports to Europe has been shelved  🌞 because it would undermine efforts to address climate change, including the reduction of U.S. fossil fuel extraction and consumption. (Washington Post $, Reuters)

Why Heat Pumps are Immensely Important Right Now

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More pumping. More now.

00:00 Intro
00:43 An old video needs correcting
02:19 The Coefficient of Performance
03:16 Resistive Electric Heat's Challenges
05:16 How Heat Pumps get around those
07:39 Modern Heat Pump Performance Is Amazing!
08:33 An analysis of Chicago winters and Heat Pumps
10:53 Hourly Analysis and Conclusion
12:24 Caveats (costs and demand)
13:52 The Main Point Of This Video
15:49 Backup heat, its necessity, and the options involved
18:29 Conclusion and where to go from here
19:56 Bloopers

Links 'n' stuff:

The original video (explaining how they work)
"Part 2" which is now, I guess, more simply about ground-source heat pumps and some other stuff


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