Daikin plans to build heat pump manufacturing factory in Poland

WCN Editorial Team 7 Jul 2022 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Japanese air-conditioning systems and heat pump manufacturer Daikin's Polish unit has plans to invest over $214.12m (PLN1bn) to construct a heat pumps manufacturing factory, reported Reuters, citing a source aware of the plan.

The plant will be built near Lodz in central Poland.

Europe is witnessing a rise in the demand for heat pumps, which depend on electricity for generating and transferring heat.

Last year, the number of heat pump devices almost doubled to over 79,000 units in Poland.

In May, the European Commission announced a €210bn plan, RepowerEU, to stop its reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027.

The plan also intended to speed up the shift towards green energy.

Out of the €210bn, €56bn is intended for energy savings and heat pumps.

Heat pumps use electricity to tap heat potential and are considered more energy efficient than gas boilers.

However, about 80% of heating systems in Europe use combustion heating, which require fossil fuels being burnt in boilers. Although combusting heating systems cost low, they are major CO2 emitters.

Heat pumps can cut down CO2 emissions by 50% or even more as against combustion heating method.

According to European Heat Pump Association, in order to meet the targets set by RepowerEU, about 20 million heat pumps need to be installed in the bloc by 2026, and almost 60 million by the end of this decade.

The Daikin plant in Poland is expected to begin manufacturing heating equipment in 2024 and become fully operational in 2025, reported NikkeiAsia.

The just more than 110,000m2 factory will have a capacity to produce 400,000 units annually by 2025. The production capacity is expected to further increase to 1.5 million units by the end of this decade.
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Image: Europe is witnessing a rise in the demand for heat pumps, which depend on electricity for generating and transferring heat. Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay.

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