ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers) is an international organisation with over 50,000 members. ASHRAE aims to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration for the public's benefit through research, standards writing, continuing education and publications. Searches are free of charge, though payment is required for downloading documents. ASHRAE members receive discounts.



Chemical Abstracts database, focusing on chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering. Sorption technology is the main heat pump topic. The Chemical Abstracts database is available through STN International and other database providers. More information can be found at



The Chemical Engineering And Biotechnology Abstracts (CEABA) database covers international scientific and technical literature on chemical engineering and biotechnology. More information can be found from several sites, for example



Worldwide engineering and technology journals and conference proceedings. The Compendex database is available from many database providers. More information can be found at



CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service) publishes a database with European Commission-funded research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) projects. Project database is accessible free of charge at the website. Extra services available after registration.



The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) offers direct access to heat pump related documents, particularly policy or market aspect Updated daily. Free of charge from



One of the world's largest energy technology database, compiled by the International Energy Agency's Energy Technology Data Exchange (IEA ETDE). ETDEWEB provides the ENERGY database on the Internet free of charge. Information dates back to 1995.



EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, is a non-profit organisation committed to providing science and technology-based solutions to its global energy customers. EPRI manages a far-reaching programme of scientific research, technology development, and product implementation. E-mail (for publications): askepri @


The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) compiles bibliographic information on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies. Availability on CD-ROM. Prices vary depending on the number of years covered and IIR members get a discount. Contact IIR for detailed price information. 



The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, Inc. (GHPC), established to implement the National Earth Comfort Program, is a collaborative effort for a Geothermal Heat Pump Technology Demonstration and Market Mobilization Program. The cases are included on their Internet site and aim to show the possibilities for using ground- and water-source heat pumps. Each case contains separate relevant sections, e.g. background, key players, geothermal design improvements, utility assistance, design field testing, energy savings, tenant satisfaction, maintenance, benefits, problems resolved, etc.GHPC publishes many case studies on its Internet site.



This database on physics, electronics and computer science has a surprising number of entries for heat pumps. Inspec is available from several database providers. More information can be found at



This database is maintained by the Japan Science and Technology Corporation, Information Center for Science and Technology and covers science, technology and medicine in Japan. It is available through several database providers. More information can be found from several sites, for example



The NLDB (NewsLetter DataBase) contains the full text of over 600 of the most important business and industry newsletters published in the United States, Europe, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. More information can be found from several sites, for example



The NTIS (National Technical Information Service, US) Database is a resource for accessing the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. Contents include research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes and more. The NTIS  database is available directly and through several providers. More information can be found at



This database covers broad areas of science, technology and biomedicine. It consists of Science Citation Index ExpandedTM and additional records from the Current Contents periodical (one of the Chemical Abstracts services). More information can be found from several sites, for example



Research projects funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). Reports can be ordered online free of charge at



Predicasts Overview of Markets and Technology covers companies, products, markets and applied technology for all industries. More information is available from the Gale Group



ULIDAT focuses on environmental subjects and German-speaking countries. More information can be found from several sites, for example

IEA Heat Pump Centre c/o SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden E-mail: