Apeldoorn, 24 February 2020 – BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, is putting the energy transition into action with a circular initiative that uses self-generated green hydrogen for testing of its market-leading pure hydrogen boiler prototypes.
Bassano del Grappa in Italy is the location of BDR Thermea’s largest production facility and the headquarters of Baxi S.p.A., its Italian subsidiary. Since 2018, Baxi has generated its own electricity at Bassano del Grappa from 6,000 m² of solar panels on the roof of its factory. This electricity already powers the production of around 4,000 boilers each day, preventing the release of more than 400 tons of CO2 per year into the atmosphere.
Now, Baxi has installed electrolysis equipment that transforms electricity from its photovoltaic panels into hydrogen. That hydrogen will be used to test and drive further development of 100%-hydrogen and hydrogen/natural gas mix prototypes in the Bassano R&D centre, which is BDR Thermea Group’s main research facility for hydrogen boiler technology.
“Enabling the world’s energy transition is the driving force of BDR Thermea Group. Bassano’s green hydrogen self-generation is another real-life example of this,” says Peter Snel, chief technology officer at BDR Thermea Group. “We’ve created a complete sustainable energy chain: generating solar electricity, using it to transform water into hydrogen via electrolysis, then using that hydrogen to power our new innovations in our hydrogen test boilers.”
Interest in hydrogen for domestic heating appliances is growing fast across the EU, where 40% of primary energy consumption is used for thermal comfort and domestic hot water. Hydrogen can be stored for longer periods to bridge seasonal fluctuations as abundant wind and solar energy is not always immediately available at times of greatest need, such as during the winter.
BDR Thermea Group is at the forefront of developments in hydrogen boiler technology. Since June 2019, it has been piloting the first real-life application of its high-efficiency, 100%-hydrogen boiler – conceived and developed at Bassano del Grappa – in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. Last November, it became the first company in Europe to receive certification for the use of hydrogen admixture in domestic boilers in the Netherlands. BDR Thermea Group is participating in the UK Hy4Heat programme and actively exploring hydrogen pilot projects across Europe.
“At BDR Thermea, we’re helping to decarbonise heating and enable the global transition towards sustainable energy carriers. That’s why we invest significantly in solutions such as hydrogen boilers and heat pumps,” says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group.
Industry and stakeholders from the energy sector, including BDR Thermea Group, recently launched the Joint Declaration on Stationary Fuel Cells for Green Buildings to draw attention to the tremendous potential of stationary fuel cells to decarbonise the buildings sector.
The signatories acknowledge that households and small businesses will play a vital role in the energy transition. With heating and cooling in buildings responsible for 36% of carbon emissions in Europe, they call for action to reduce our carbon footprint in the buildings sector with efficient, renewable and decentralised smart energy solutions.
The signatories of the joint declaration stress that stationary fuel cells can deliver a great contribution to the EU’s climate and energy objectives today and in the future, as part of a package of technology and market solutions tailored to residential and commercial buildings. According to them, stationary fuel cells are at a critical stage in market adoption. Production and market uptake need to be increased and consumer and supply chain awareness must improve.
BDR Thermea Group’s brands Remeha and SenerTec recently introduced their new fuel cells in the German market and other European countries. “We have always been a strong believer in fuel cell technology,” says Andrea Manini, Innovation Director at BDR Thermea Group. “Therefore we are supporting this initiative as well as introducing new fuel cell offerings in EU markets.”
Stationary fuel cells reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and local air pollution. They can be connected to the gas grid or installed off grid, but they use hydrogen to efficiently produce heat and power and will increasingly run on renewable hydrogen or synthetic gases. Their deployment will help transform Europeans from energy consumers to energy ‘prosumers’ (producer-consumers), putting them at the centre of a future decentralised energy system.
Hans Korteweg, Managing Director of COGEN Europe, the coordinator of the PACE project bringing Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration to mass market, calls upon all stakeholders to start acting today: To maximise the decarbonisation potential of Stationary Fuel Cells we need sound and ambitious policies at European, national and local level to create a level-playing field for all energy solutions. Secondly, we need a commitment by industry to innovate in technology solutions, market deployment and customer empowerment. Finally, targeted funding and financing opportunities will address the industry’s needs and bridge the gap between early market uptake and mass commercialisation.
Apeldoorn, 21 November 2019 – BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, has become the first company in the Netherlands to receive certification for the use of hydrogen admixture in domestic boilers.
Kiwa, the independent testing, inspection and certifying body, has approved BDR Thermea Group’s range of Remeha domestic gas boilers in the Netherlands for up to 20 percent hydrogen admixture. Adding hydrogen from renewable sources into the natural gas supply is expected to reduce carbon emissions by around 8 percent, and so contribute to the energy transition.
Peter Snel, Chief Technology Officer at BDR Thermea Group, says: “Adding hydrogen into the blend is a significant step towards decarbonising domestic heating. Producing thermal energy from a mix of natural gas and hydrogen is a relatively simple way to take a big stride in cutting carbon emissions. The Kiwa certification means our Remeha residential boiler range in the Netherlands is now cleared for the use of up to 20 percent hydrogen - without the need for any changes to the existing equipment.”
There is growing interest in hydrogen use for domestic heating appliances in the Netherlands and across Europe, for both small-scale projects and large pilots. BDR Thermea Group is currently testing the first real-life application of a 100% hydrogen boiler in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. Here, pure hydrogen from renewable energy sources is being distributed via a dedicated gas grid, allowing boilers to provide heating and hot water to a dozen homes with zero carbon emissions.
The company is exploring various projects in Europe using both hydrogen admixtures and pure hydrogen. It is looking into certification of more existing products, as well as new products across its brand portfolio in Europe.
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 are also following a number of large scale demonstration projects in the United Kingdom which we hope to participate in.”
“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.