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UKAS accredited testing for heat pumpsApril 2009

Heat pumps

Heat pumps play an important part in achieving low-carbon targets and energy savings.

But to deliver real cost benefits to end users, heat pumps must be tested for performance and efficiency.

Third-party testing provides a vital independent evidence that a product has passed required rigorous tests and is fit for use.When selecting a third-party independent test laboratory look beyond ISO 9000. Ask for a laboratory that is UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 international standard.

That means that the laboratory is regularly assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate technical competence, impartiality and performance capability. That also means that its test reports and certificates are accepted worldwide.

Testing at BSRIA

BSRIA is the only UKAS accredited laboratory in the UK for testing heat pumps and air conditioning systems to EN 14511 standard.

Greg King, Head of Test and Certification at BSRIA, says, 'This accredited test facility plays an important role in the field of increasing the quality of heat-pump technology. Beside standard tests, BSRIA provides manufacturers with the opportunity to use our expertise and test rig also for product development.'

Thermal performance and power consumption can be tested in heating and cooling mode for air-sour, water-source and ground-source heat pumps. Results include testing COP and EER at full load to EN14511 and part-load testing of HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor), SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio0 and part-load COP to prEN14825.

Testing for part-load COP demonstrates the product's long-term efficiency and gives more realistic performance data for a heat pump in real use.

Our customers will have assurance of the UKAS accredited technical quality of our test facilities that will give their product a real competitive advantage worldwide.