New BDR Thermea commercial heat pump laboratory in Spain

Alberto Favero, Managing Director of Baxi SpA, a company part of BDR Thermea Group

Building has officially begun on a new BDR Thermea R&D laboratory in Spain that is set to accelerate innovation in commercial heat pumps. BDR Thermea Group CEO Bertrand Schmitt and the other members of the Management Board joined their Spanish colleagues to lay the first stone of the commercial heat pump lab in Vilafranca del Penedés, near Barcelona. “Our commitment to heat pump innovation is now even more ‘set in stone’ – says Bertrand –. As a company, we are constantly asking ourselves the question of how we can best support our customers to make the energy transition a reality. We believe heat pumps are a big part of the answer. It’s exciting to expand our R&D capacity and develop more solutions around commercial heat pump offer”. “The construction of the Vilafranca R&D centre is testament to our commitment to developing heat pump technology and allows us to keep innovating in this field – adds Alberto Favero, Managing Director of Baxi SpA, a company part of BDR Thermea Group –. Heat pumps are an important part of our vision of a sustainable future, with the new laboratory providing fresh opportunities to bring the energy transition closer”. The Spanish lab for commercial heat pumps will collaborate with the residential heat pumps business unit located in Mertzwiller, France. The lab will allow for a variety of testing conditions, including a wide temperature range – from -20°C to +55°C –, the option for dry air or 100% humidity, and up to four climate rooms. Testing will be available from November 2022, with work on the lab expected to be completed next year.