Bertrand Schmitt | CEO BDR Thermea Group
In 2022, BDR Thermea successfully delivered on its mission to bring a sustainable future closer by focusing on the 4Hs: heat pumps, hybrids, hydrogen, and heat networks. We introduced 18 new heat-pump solutions and led the market for hybrid solutions, mainly in the Netherlands. The latter allows every household, no matter the age of their building, to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 70 percent. Hybrid solutions are expected to become the standard in Germany by 2024, and in the Netherlands by 2026 when homeowners replace their old boilers.
We were also part of the launch of the world’s first hydrogen street. Using our hydrogen boiler, 12 houses in the eastern Dutch town of Lochem are now heated with hydrogen, thanks to a collaborative project with energy network company Alliander.
As well as offering the right technology, we are helping installers across Europe to reskill. In 2022, we trained 20,500 of them to install and commission our solutions in the right way.
To better serve our customers in the fast-growing European market for heat networks, and to help make the energy transition a reality, we acquired Fortes Energy Systems, a fast-growing manufacturer of heat network solutions.