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On 25th June, the world's first hydrogen powered domestic boiler will be put into operation in a real life situation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. The boiler had been developed by BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, whose mission is developing and producing heating and hot water solutions with virtually no Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. This ground-breaking boiler burns pure hydrogen that has been produced by wind or solar energy without releasing any CO2. Gas network provider Stedin, the company that has initiated the project, is responsible for the production and supply of the sustainably produced hydrogen.
This is the first real life situation in which pure hydrogen will be used to fuel a high efficiency condensing boiler to heat the central heating system of a residential building. The boiler has been developed by BDR Thermea Group’s Research and Development (R&D) competence centre in Italy. After the first pilot in the Netherlands, which is being carried out by the Group’s Dutch subsidiary Remeha, it is carrying out a larger scale field trial in the United Kingdom. New opportunities for projects in other European countries are now being explored as part of the broader, pan-European development of this technology.
Firmly committed to sustainability
“The development of a hydrogen boiler is part of BDR Thermea Group’s solutions for decarbonising heating. We currently offer a range of technologies, such as high efficiency gas boilers, heat pumps and heat networks, and now also hydrogen boilers and fuel cells. Sustainably produced hydrogen is an important, potentially very interesting energy carrier for the future”, says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group. “Power to gas (hydrogen) is an unavoidable and necessary technology if we want to store sustainably generated energy over a longer period of time, as abundant wind and solar energy is not always immediately available at times of greatest need, such as during the winter. With the new hydrogen boiler, along with our fuel cell appliances, we are firmly committed to making the built environment more sustainable.”
Exploring more pilots
“The operating principle of the hydrogen boiler is the same as that of a boiler running on natural gas”, says Peter Snel, CTO of BDR Thermea Group. “In the future, we will be able to exchange conventional gas boilers for hydrogen boilers on a like for like basis, provided the supply of hydrogen is available through natural gas pipelines. That is why co-operation with network operators is of crucial importance to BDR Thermea Group. In addition to the pilot in Rozenburg, we will also participate in a large-scale demonstration project in the United Kingdom. Over 400 hydrogen boilers will be installed over the next two years.
“We would like to invite other network operators and building owners in Europe to collaborate in field tests as well. In this way, the development of a CO2-free heat supply will be accelerated. This will also boost the production of sustainable, green hydrogen using wind and solar energy.”
Pilot at Rozenburg
The Dutch project in Rozenburg is a joint initiative with network operator Stedin, the municipality of Rotterdam and housing cooperative Ressort Wonen. The hydrogen boiler will be installed in a boiler room alongside an existing conventional natural gas boiler which will ensure that the residents have sufficient heat and hot water at all times. Stedin is using an existing regular pipeline to supply the hydrogen, demonstrating that the existing gas network is suitable for carrying hydrogen. In this project, Stedin and its partners are considering the entire chain of the future: the production, distribution and conversion of hydrogen, with the ultimate aim of providing zero-carbon comfort.
BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, presents its latest innovations at the ISH 2019 trade fair in Frankfurt. A cutting-edge pure hydrogen boiler and a new silent heat pump are the highlights of the company’s exhibits at this year’s ISH – the world’s largest trade fair for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.
BDR Thermea Group is present in Germany under the brands Brötje, Remeha and SenerTec, which will be on display in a more than 2,000sqm exhibition space in Hall 12. Each brand will showcase its latest products and innovations in heat pumps, fuel cells, combined heat and power (CHP), and other smart heating solutions for commercial and residential markets. Brötje, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, is the brand behind the silent heat pump. SenerTec is exhibiting its second generation of micro combined heat and power devices, while Remeha is showing its latest commercial solutions offering.
In the BDR Thermea Group Energy Lounge, customers and partners from around the world will have the opportunity to see what’s new from brands Baymak, Baxi, De Dietrich and Chappée.
Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group, says: “We see the energy transition and digitization as opportunities to contribute to a lower-carbon future. BDR Thermea’s innovative strength enables our customers to be at the forefront of new technological developments. Today, we already offer solutions for immediate use such as heat pumps, hybrid systems, CHP and IoT-connected appliances. Our cutting-edge pure hydrogen boiler, on display at ISH, shows what the zero carbon-emission heating system of the future can be.”
House of Innovation
BDR Thermea Group welcomes its customers at the House of Innovation, the center of the company’s ISH exhibition. It offers visitors an immersive experience of the industry’s key technologies of the future. With a focus on five themes, the group shares its view of future trends and how it will address the challenges related to the energy transition and increasing digitization.
It will allow a glimpse into how connectivity, cloud technology and the Internet of Things are shaping the HVAC sector. This includes remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, and connected room units with voice control – all designed to deliver smart value to end-users and installers.
BDR Thermea Group’s state-of-the-art pure hydrogen boiler technology offers a sustainable heating solution beyond natural gas. By producing thermal energy from pure hydrogen, the boiler is a highly efficient heating solution with zero carbon emissions. BDR Thermea Group is one of the first to trial this new technology, participating in several field tests, such as a pilot project in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. Using the unique combination of pure hydrogen from renewable energy sources and distribution via a dedicated gas grid, the boilers provide heating and hot water to homes. Power-to-gas, which involves converting electrical power into gas fuel, is one of the most important technologies in the energy transition.
The House of Innovation is the perfect place to consider these key changes in the HVAC sector, providing an inspiring space for BDR Thermea Group to interact with its key partners, such as installers. By sharing learnings and views, the group aims to work together towards achieving a near-zero carbon footprint in the future.
About BDR Thermea Group
Founded in 2009, BDR Thermea Group is a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions for domestic and commercial use. The company employs more than 6,500 people and operates in more than 100 countries worldwide, with a leading position in Europe, North America, Turkey, Russia and China. The BDR Thermea Group, which realized a turnover of EUR 1.8 billion in 2018, operates under renowned international market-leading brands including De Dietrich, Baxi, Remeha, Brötje, Chappée and Baymak. The company is headquartered in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
For more information, see www.bdrthermea.com
APELDOORN, 7 January 2019 – BDR Thermea Group B.V., a leading smart thermal comfort solutions provider, has strengthened its position in the fast-growing heat pump market with the acquisition of Dutch specialist Techneco. Effective 1 January 2019, this is part of BDR Thermea Group’s strategy to facilitate the energy transition and reduction of carbon emissions.
“With the heat pump market, including hybrid solutions, expected to quadruple in the next decade in Europe alone, we are acting decisively to seize this opportunity. This strategically important acquisition strengthens our heat pump business, and brings a valuable addition to the BDR Thermea Group portfolio which we offer to all our customers,” says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group.
“Succeeding in the energy transition is one of our society’s major challenges. We provide our customers the choice of different technologies that allow them to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying comfort in their homes, workplace and leisure facilities.”
Techneco will be part of BDR Thermea Group subsidiary Remeha, the market leader in the Netherlands.
With more than 23 years of experience in heat pump technologies, Techneco is known in the industry as a leader in heat pump innovation and development. Techneco supplies electric, gas absorption and hybrid heat pumps for residential and commercial use, both for new buildings and existing buildings or renovation. Techneco is based in Delft, the Netherlands and has a team of more than 55 heat pump specialists. For more information, see www.techneco.nl
About BDR Thermea Group
BDR Thermea Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of smart thermal comfort solutions for domestic and commercial use. The company employs more than 6,500 people and operates in more than 80 countries worldwide, with a top position in all European markets, North America, Turkey, Russia and China. BDR Thermea Group, which realized a turnover of EUR 1.7 billion in 2017, operates under renowned international market-leading trade brands including De Dietrich, Baxi, Remeha, Brötje, Chappée and Baymak. BDR Thermea Group is headquartered in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.