Johnson Controls the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announces it has commissioned a new heat pump installation that will support European energy company Vattenfall in its goal to eliminate carbon emissions from its heating and power generation facilities by 2050. Heat pumps are seen as a crucial technology in the European Union's plans for a sustainable, low-carbon economy as set out in its Green Deal; and with energy prices at an all-time high, their ability to deliver heating and cooling without the need for more natural gas is now absolutely critical. Moreover, heat pumps are a core technology enabling Europe to meet its essential REPowerEU plan, including the aim of installing 50 million units across the bloc by 2030.
Johnson Controls Industrial Refrigeration business deployed its proven Sabroe heat pump technology with a 700 kW heating capacity at Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG's Berlin-Buch, combined heat and power (CHP), plant in Berlin, Germany. The CHP plant currently uses a heat recovery boiler to capture waste heat from an existing gas turbine to generate heat for the local district heating network. The addition of the heat pump will boost the plant's district heating capacity without burning any additional fossil fuel, thus contributing to energy security and avoiding the production of about 620 tonnes/year of carbon dioxide emissions.