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June 7th, 2021

How Motivair's Heat Pumps Aid Decarbonization Efforts

As climate change continues to be a more persistent issue, so do efforts to combat it. Specifically, decarbonization – the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions using low carbon power sources – is helping lead the way.

At Motivair Corporation, we’re doing our part as well, offering our customers cutting-edge technology that can contribute to decarbonization, particularly through electrification.

Our Low-Ambient Air Source Heat Pumps offer you a wider operating envelope, allowing you to expand where and in what applications it can be used for.

Decarbonization is the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions using low carbon power sources, like wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear power to reduce the output of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

Many companies have acknowledged climate change as a business threat that needs to be mitigated and have pledged to eventually go carbon neutral.

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To combat greenhouse gases and increasing carbon footprint, industry trends are leading away from use of natural gas and focusing on the use of electricity.

Electrification is the process of substituting technologies using fossil fuels (like coal, oil, and natural gas) with technologies that use electricity as its primary energy source.

While there is no federal mandate or action on climate change, movements like the Paris Agreement and Americas Pledge help unify organizations, states, and cities to decarbonize to mitigate climate change.

Examples of electrification include shifting from diesel to electric-powered battery buses, or, in buildings, shifting to technologies like air or water source heat pumps.

Businesses more and more are being asked to do their part as well, as building codes, portfolio standards, and tax rebates now factor into electrification.

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According to NREL, electrification in key industries like transportation, buildings, industrial, and manufacturing coupled with decarbonization of electricity generation has been identified as one of the key ways to achieving a low-carbon future.

“… By 2050, electrification and simultaneous power sector decarbonization can achieve reductions of nearly 74% below the 2005 level of economy-wide fossil fuel combustion emissions. Furthermore, even in the absence of policies to lower the emissions intensity of electricity generation, electrification alone can have a significant impact on GHG emissions,” NREL said.

Additionally, it said “We find that electrification, in the absence of any additional power sector carbon policy, can result in 41% reductions (below 2005 level) in economy-wide fossil fuel combustion emissions.”

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Why are air source heat pumps perfectly positioned to help your clients reduce carbon emissions? Unlike oil or propane, cold-climate air source heat pumps don’t require combustion of fossil fuels or fuel storage, eliminating the potential release of carbon monoxide while improving air quality.

Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outside and distribute it inside your building. During warmer months, this process is reversed to provide cool air by pulling heat out of your building.

While moderate, coastal climates are most favorable for traditional heat pump technology, Motivair's expansive range also implements technology for cold climates.

Motivair's MHP-LA can provide 100-degree hot water at -5F winter design ambient.

A standard air-cooled heat pump is typically limited to areas that have mild winters but not cold winters. Motivair designed its Low Ambient Heat Pump to operate in a colder climate, expanding the geographical range where this can be used.

From a capacity standpoint, its modular function gives designers the ability to implement the solution to a broader range of buildings in increments of their choice. And it has the added benefit of high levels of uptime with its modular design.

To learn more about Motivair’s Low Ambient Air-Source Heat Pumps, click here. To learn more about Motivair’s 2-Pipe and 4-Pipe Air Source Heat Pumps, click here.

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