Dynamic behaviour of different heat pump set ups




Greater Copenhagen area

Integrating the heating and the electricity sector has been identified as a promising approach to efficiently accommodate large shares of transient renewable energy like wind power. One approach to convert electric power into heat is to make use of large-scale heat pumps and electric boilers supplying the district heating grid. It is especially promising as district heating grids and thermal storages in the grid provide a large amount of heat storage capacity and thus flexibility as to when the necessary heat is produced. This enables the use of power-to-heat units to provide balancing services to the electricity grid.

However, most large heat pumps that have been installed to supply district heating, have been designed for base load operation, i.e. they have not been optimized to react quickly to signals from the electricity grid. Accordingly, there is a lack of knowledge about how fast large heat pumps can actually start-up and shut-down, how they perform during regulation and what the limiting factors are to be able to react faster.

The aim of this project is to find design criteria which enhance heat pumps' dynamic behaviour. To answer this question different heat pump set up's should be simulated in Dymola/Modelica. An introduction into to the program will be given and it is expected that the student is interested in becoming familiar with it.

Search in postings

Company / Organization

DTU Mekanik


Wiebke Meesenburg




Supervisor info

MSc in Sustainable Energy


Wiebke Meesenburg


MSc thesis

Must be completed

41420, 41402

Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increases and develops our partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

Find us here

Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Bygning 101A
2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Tlf. (+45) 45 25 25 25

CVR-nr. 30 06 09 46

All vacant positions