German manufacturer Viessmann Group will introduce an energy-efficient version of its Vitocal heat pumps – the 300-A Pro, which will be able to deliver both heating and cooling simultaneously, with a combined coefficient of performance (COP) of up to 10.
The launch was scheduled to happen in August 2020. However, then came COVID-19, and “the market launch of the new units will be significantly delayed due to the Corona pandemic,” said Wolfgang Rogatty, Head of Trade Media at Viessmann.
A tested COP of up to 10 means that the 300-A pro “offers the maximum efficiency in its output class by a wide margin, as well as particularly low operating costs,” according to a press release from Viessmann.
The propane (R290) air-to-water heat pump is planned in four sizes, with outputs ranging from 79 to 316kW (22.5 to 89.9TR) for heating and 77 to 307kW (21.9 to 87.3TR) for cooling. If higher capacities are needed, the 300-A Pro units can be combined in cascade, resulting in a capacity of up to 1,264kW (359.4TR) for heating, and 1,228kW (349.2TR) for cooling (with four units combined).
Such capacities make the 300-A Pro suitable for large residential buildings, neighborhoods, commerce and industry, according to Viessmann.
The 300-A pro offers the maximum efficiency in its output class by a wide margin, as well as particularly low operating costs.Viessmann
The patented circuitry in the 300-A Pro’s heat exchanger enables the unit to carry out both cooling and heating operations in parallel, said Viessmann. The “unique” construction of the cooling circuit makes a four-way valve unnecessary, increasing reliability compared to traditional circuits, the company added. The 300-A Pro is also low-charge, as each of the heat pump circuits has an R290 charge of less than 12kg (26.5lbs).
The high combined COP, tested under the EN14511 A7/W35 standard, is achieved by having the condensers and evaporators working in constant counter flow, both in summer and winter. The air heat exchangers also ensure that fewer defrosting operations are needed, contributing to the high efficiency, noted Viessmann.
In addition to a high COP and reliability, the new 300-A Pro also offers the benefit of quiet operation due to the modulated operation of the compressor, the company said. It has a maximum threshold of 69dB(A), while a night mode setting can reduce the noise level by an additional 6dB(A).
The units are smart-grid ready and have internet connectivity, allowing for remote monitoring. Viessmann’s own Vitotronic SPS 2.0 can control up to four of the heating or cooling circuits.
The original Vitocal 300-A heat pump won a Red Dot design award in 2014 and received a special mention at the 2015 German Design Awards.