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Ramping up heat pump production to decarbonise Europe’s building stock

27/7/2022

Heat pump outside a house Photo: Viessmann
Viessmann’s high-efficiency heat pumps use environmentally friendly and natural refrigerants

Photo: Viessmann

The Viessmann Group is building a new production site in Legnica, Poland, at a cost of over €200mn, in a move that it says will accelerate heat pump production in Central and Eastern Europe. It will also help drive the energy transition and improve energy security in the region by encouraging independence from fossil fuels, in particular Russian gas imports, says the company.

In total, some €1bn is to be invested on expanding Viessmann’s heat pumps and green climate solutions portfolio, including electricity storage, solar thermal and district heating, over the next three years.

 

The new Legnica facility will produce high-efficiency heat pumps that use environmentally friendly and natural refrigerants to decarbonise the building stock in Europe. The company reports that the new building and the technologies that will be used will ‘set new standards in automation and sustainability’. Construction is scheduled to complete in 2023.

 

According to Thomas Heim, CEO Viessmann Climate Solutions, development of the Legnica site will play a central role in the Group’s plan to become ‘the leading European supplier of 100% renewable climate solutions’.

 

Viessmann already has a 2,000-strong workforce in Poland, of which 1,500 work for Viessmann Climate Solutions, its largest division. The new site will employ a further 1,700 and an additional 150 will be added in 2023 when the second largest business unit, Viessmann Refrigeration Solutions, opens its planned site.

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