PACO is a new high-powered industrial heat pump (0.75 MWt) which does not require any chemicals to operate but runs entirely on water. The main advantages are that it can produce heat of up to 130°C (compared to 70°C for conventional heat pumps) and it is highly energy-efficient with minimal impact on the environment.
The model which has been developed meets industry’s requirement for heat, particularly for processes requiring low pressure steam and those giving off waste heat in the form of liquid effluent at temperatures below 100°C which can be reused in other processes such as heating, distillation, cooling and so on.
A technicien oversees the installation of PACO, thehigh-powered industrial heat pump - Photo EDF/ Julien Lutt
A minor revolution which offers industrial customers a chance to become less reliant on gas boilers to improve the energy performance of their sites, and to cut both operating costs and CO2 emissions, all thanks to water and to PACO.
It has taken 4 years of development to perfect this new range of pumps. EDF’s R&D division has worked with industrial companies and university laboratories as part of a National Research Agency (ANR) project to design this innovative heat pump, which is energy efficient and good for the environment.