Heat Pumps

Slipstream conducts research, implements market interventions, and delivers industry-leading education all focused on scaling heat pump adoption for residential space heating, water heating, and clothes drying.

Air-Source Heat Pumps: Areas of focus

Illustration of geothermal systems

Promoting geothermal heat pumps at scale through the Midwest Clean Heat Infrastructure Accelerator

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Contractor training and market research in Illinois

Logo for the MI Heat Pump Collaborative

The Michigan Heat Pump Collaborative, a holistic education, outreach, and training forum to pursue deeper engagement with ASHP stakeholders

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Studies on the impact of electrification on health and equity: supporting the Pembroke-Hopkins Energy Efficiency Project

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Field study of integrated controls for ductless heat pumps in real homes

Water heating and other applications

According to ENERGY STAR, replacing all residential electric water heaters less than 55 gallons in the U.S. with heat pump water heaters (HPWH) could prevent annual greenhouse gas emissions of 140 billion pounds. We are conducting research, training the market, and piloting new approaches to move this critical end use toward an electric future.

Learn more with our heat pump trainings and resources

Grow your own practical knowledge of heat pumps with the free trainings and educational resources we provide as part of our continuing education catalog. Please create a free account to access the full catalog of past recordings and online courses.

May 1, 2024

Homes with propane heating could be low-hanging fruit for ASHP retrofits

Homes that use propane for space heating are a small but potentially effective market for electrification programs targeting ASHP retrofits.
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May 1, 2024

Align & Activate: The power of state and regional collaboratives to drive market transformation

Several partners have been developing a framework in the Midwest for states to scale the adoption of residential heat pumps within their borders and across the region.
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April 11, 2024

Improving heat pump commissioning with connected diagnostics tools

Slipstream will explore how to improve the commissioning of new heat pumps with advanced, connected diagnostic tools and software.
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April 11, 2024

Pathways to residential electrification in Indigenous communities

Slipstream will develop a case study to demonstrate cost-effective pathways to electrifying homes with Indigenous communities in Minnesota.
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October 30, 2023

Slipstream and partners receive Buildings Upgrade Prize to design and launch Cream City Climate Challenge in Milwaukee

Funded by the prize from the U.S. Department of Energy, the new Cream City Climate Challenge aims to inspire weatherization and electrification and improve health and safety outcomes for the City of Milwaukee's historically disadvantaged communities (DACs).
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October 27, 2023

How do we transform the market for air-source heat pumps?

Partners throughout the Midwest are working together to transform the market for air-source heat pumps in this cold-climate region.
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September 29, 2023

Midwest 120-Volt heat pump water heater research study

Learn about our field study of a new, exciting technology that uses heat pump technology to heat water more efficiently than standard water heaters.
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September 26, 2023

The role of utility programs in market transformation

The market transformation of air-source heat pumps will take teamwork. We discuss what utilities can consider when designing programs to encourage market transformation.
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July 31, 2023

Can Michigan lead the Midwest to a low-carbon future?

Slipstream's partners in Michigan are leading the way to carry out initiatives that meet the moment and suggest a path for other states in the Midwest to achieve their own energy goals.
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July 5, 2023

Transforming a Market: How Wisconsin was first to get high-efficiency furnaces in (almost) every home

The market transformation of air-source heat pumps will take teamwork. In the early '90s, stakeholders in Wisconsin helped successfully transform the market for high-efficiency furnaces.
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