efficient resources, sustainable achievements


Heat Pump Project – Phase 1

The Heat Pump Project – Phase 1 was approved in December 2016 by the steering committee related to the technical agreement between the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea (IMELS) and the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC).


The project aims at introducing heat-pumps for space heating and cooling and for the production of hot water in the domestic and tertiary sectors. This objective will be achieved through ensuring the quality of products in the market by introducing standards, regulations, and testing infrastructure, through ensuring quality in design and installation through the development of guidelines and the implementation of capacity building activities, and through the demonstrating of the economic and environmental advantage of the technology through pilot applications.


The project is split in two components as per the following:


Component 1: Establishment a national test laboratory for quality insurance and certification of domestic hot water production, air conditioners and heat pump products

a)      Design and construction of a national test laboratory for vapour compression system used for: domestic hot water production, air conditioners and heat pump

  1. Identification of requirements for the test lab
  2. Selection of site
  3. Design of test lab facility
  4. Procurement of test lab facility
  5. Installation of test lab facility
  6. Commissioning of test lab facility


b)      Creation of national standards for products testing employed for domestic hot water production, air conditioning and space heating based on vapor compression technologies

  1. Review and analysis of existing European Framework Standards for testing
  2. Products used in DHW production, air conditioning and space heating
  3. Adaptation of standards to Lebanese conditions
  4. Issuing of a Lebanese national standard


c)       Transfer know how on domestic hot water, air conditioning and heat pump lab testing according to the procedures defined in the previous task and dissemination to the main stakeholders

  1. Realization of training sessions:
  2. Realization of first pilot tests
  3. Initiate the accreditation of the testing lab according to ISO/IEC 17025
  4. Preparation of dissemination material
  5. Final workshop for public administration representatives, installers, designers, researchers


Component 2: Establishment of a financial mechanism and a monitoring scheme for highly efficient domestic hot water, air conditioners and space heating appliances based on vapor compression technology

a)      Provision of financial incentives for the realization of domestic hot water, air conditioning/heat pump installations in buildings

  1. Feasibility study and preliminary design of demonstrative plants, preparation of NEEREA guidelines
  2. Training for optimal installation of demonstrative systems and monitoring devices
  3. Co-financing of the demonstration installations (including the monitoring devices) through the financial mechanism. The IMELS grant will be reserved to Italian manufacturers and only for those technologies which use lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants than Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  4. Co-financing of the appliances installations through a soft loan according to NEEREA mechanism
  5. Support in NEEREA financing submission and approval
  6. Expert supervision of installations for best practice installation


b)      Design and realize an energy performance monitoring program for domestic hot water appliances, air conditioners and heat pumps under real operation conditions

  1. Setting-up an energy performance monitoring program for half of the sites selected in the previous activity
  2. Collection of monitoring data remotely
  3. Elaboration of monitoring results
  4. Identification of possible improvements for efficiency optimization


c)       Dissemination activities in Lebanon, Italy and EU: at start of Component 2 activities in order to identify beneficiaries of pilot plants; during the Component 2 to disseminate results

  1. Work out technical guidelines for design and installation of the appliances in Lebanese buildings
  2. Preparation of dissemination material
  3. Workshop with stakeholders for identification of beneficiaries
  4. Final workshop for installers, designers, large building owners and facility managers


The project, and its targeted technology, offers a sustainable alternative for domestic hot water production in high-rise building, especially where solar water heaters could not be installed. It also offers space heating and cooling that has better efficiency and higher coefficient of performance.


For more information please refer to the following document: