Viessmann increases turnover by 4 per cent. Company presents more than 40 innovations at ISH Energy 2015
- At 40 per cent of energy consumption, the heating market is central to the sustainable energy era. Viessmann presents “Power-to-gas” and “Power-to-Heat” concepts.
- ISH message of "HYBRID – CONNECT – POWER" sees new products focusing on sustainability, convenience, and increased independence from the electricity market
The Viessmann Group, one of the leading producers of heating, cooling and air-conditioning technology, generated a turnover of around 2.2 billion euros in 2014. That equates to a 4 percent increase over the previous year, despite the European heating market shrinking by 3 percent. Viessmann’s export markets accounted for 56 per cent of sales. R&D expenditure remained unchanged at 4 per cent of turnover; a 90 million euro investment.
At ISH Energy 2015, the world's leading trade fair for the industry, in Frankfurt, Germany, Prof. Martin Viessmann, the company's CEO and President of the Supervisory Board, championed the leading role of the heating industry in relation to energy consumption, framing Viessmann’s technological approaches:
Accounting for 40 percent of energy consumption, heating is the largest primary source of consumption and its current systems are mostly outdated. While the journey to sustainable energy has so far been viewed as purely a transition from traditional to renewable energy sources, "It should be apparent by now that the sustainable energy era can only succeed if energy efficiency is also significantly increased,” he said. “The heating market therefore holds the key to the success of the sustainable energy era", says Prof. Dr. Martin Viessmann.
The heating market offers solutions for renewable power storage, compensating for the fluctuation in its generation. Viessmann presents two opportunities: “Power-to-gas” and “Power to heat.”
Viessmann’s "power-to-gas" system transforms power from renewable energy into hydrogen by means of electrolysis and then into synthetic methane by adding CO2. It can be stored, transported by the nationwide gas network, and utilised as energy. Viessmann has put into operation the first, industrial scale power-to-gas facility of its kind at its headquarters in Allendorf (Germany). Using biological methanation, the process employs highly specialised bacteria to transform the CO2 resulting from the AD fermentation process and the hydrogen into methane (CH4), which is then fed into the natural gas grid. Viessmann is also close to a cooperation with a major auto manufacturer in regard to utilising this "renewable methane" as an alternative fuel.
"Power-to-heat" involves decentralised, short-term storage in buildings that have heat pumps installed. The heat pumps can be switched on when power is cheap regardless of the demand for heat at that moment. The power is transformed into heat highly efficiently using environmental energy, then stockpiled in the buffer cylinder, and subsequently used for heating purposes. Diurnal fluctuations in the power supply can be compensated in this manner.
ISH Energy highlights: HYBRID – CONNECT – POWER.
HYBRID: New hybrid heating systems
Viessmann launched an entirely new family of hybrid heating systems at ISH Energy. They intelligently combine efficient condensing with heat pump technology in a single, compact unit. They optimise their operating modes automatically, depending on outside temperatures and current energy prices. They are "smart grid"-ready and able to react to changes in electricity prices at short notice. The homeowner can select the most economical operating mode depending on how energy costs are trending, meaning Viessmann hybrid units can provide an unprecedented measure of security and sustainability.
POWER: Self-generated electricity and decentralised energy storage
Viessmann presented a range of products that generate both power and heat simultaneously at ISH Energy, thus helping their owners become less dependent on the electricity market. The headlining product was the Vitovalor 300-P fuel cell heating system, launched last year when Viessmann became the first manufacturer to offer such a system in Europe.
CONNECT: Intelligent, networked, and convenient controls
Viessmann has developed a wealth of innovative digital controls for more connected buildings, offering, in the first stage:
User-friendly colour touch displays
Energy cockpits that inform the owner/operator extensively regarding consumption and yield at any time
Integrated internet interface, so that the units are accessible at any time using mobile devices.
With that, come new apps for smartphones and tablets that are customised to suit the respective needs of end customers and professional tradesmen.
In the near future, there will be a basic home automation system with individual room temperature controls, and ultimately the complete building/house automation system with switchable sockets, light and blinds controllers as well as security management.
Connectivity will be built into all Viessmann products in the future, leading not only to additional energy savings, but also to significant increases in convenience.
About Viessmann Ltd.
Viessmann Limited is part of the Viessmann Group of Companies which is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, cooling and air-conditioning technology. Founded in 1917, the family business is overseen by CEO and President of the Supervisory Board, Prof. Martin Viessmann. The Group has annual turnover of EUR 2.2 billion and employs a staff of approximately 11,500. Viessmann’s comprehensive product range encompasses all fuel types and applications, allowing it to deliver high quality, efficient and fully integrated solutions. With an output range of 1.5 to 120,000 kW, Viessmann offers oil and gas-fired boilers, solar thermal and photovoltaics, combined heat and power modules (CHP), ground, air and water sourced heat pumps and biomass boilers.
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