6:30pm Monday 7 July Richard Keech – How Heat Pumps work

6:30pm Monday 7 July Richard Keech – How Heat Pumps work


Heat Pump domestic hot water was a key recommendation from the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) Buildings Plan which was released in 2013 to demonstrate how all existing buildings in Australia can reach zero emissions within ten years. Principal researcher Richard Keech will present:

How Heat Pumps work

Heat pump hot water systems use 80% less energy than gas and standard electric-based hot water systems. Richard’s presentation will cover:

  • refrigeration cycle
  • thermal modeling, energy calculations and cost savings
  • Coefficient Of Performance (COP)
  • comparison with solar water heaters
  • taking gas out of the equation
  • choosing a heat pump water heater for your home
  • bust common myths

Richard is an engineer working as an energy efficiency consultant.  He was a lead author of the BZE Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan and is a regular contributor to ReNew magazine, RenewEconomy, and to the recently released Efficient Hot Water Booklet published by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Earthworker has recently introduced a heat pump retro-fit product (designed by Siddons Solarstream) that can be added to an existing tank, called the Solar BOLT-ON heat pump. Earthworker founder Dave Kerin has just launched a crowdfunding & facebook campaign to install these BOLT-ON solar hot water heat pumps in low income households. Joe Caygill, Director at Everlast, will also join us to tell us about manufacturing Everlast Solar ready stainless steel Tanks with Earthworker.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 7 July 2014

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Stop 111 Cnr  Elgin & Swanston Streets on tram routes 1 & 8. Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.
Further reading:

The massive subsidies in Victoria’s gas expansion plans

The household exodus from gas

Earthworker has partnered with Australia’s first customer owned bank, bankmecu, giving Earthworker members access to a special fixed low-interest loan to pay off a Eureka’s Future solar hot water system over 5 years.

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