The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETIP RHC) 

The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-Platform) became a European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) on 26 January 2016. The Board of the RHC-ETIP met at the EUREC premises on the date and unanimously agreed that the Platform, as it currently is, respects the points addressed by the European Commission (EC) in the document “New SET-Plan governance structure” and will therefore be called, from this day on, an ETIP.

The Heat Pump Technology Panel of the RHC-Platform was launched in April 2015 and is managed by the European Heat Pump Association.

Heat pumps decarbonize our economies by using sustainable energy from air, water and ground. Heat pumps increase energy efficiency in the residential, commercial and industrial sector. The benefits of heat pumps go beyond saving energy, using renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions. They are essential components of future nearly zero energy buildings/districts as they are amongst the most efficient devices for heating, cooling and hot water use. 

Heating and cooling needs and priorities in Europe are changing over time – some of these changes are already taking place today, also in the heat pump sector:

  1. Solutions in industrial process
  2. Thermal storage
  3. Integration in smart grids (through demand reponse)
  4. Increasing the potential of district heating, cogeneration and other renewable technologies. 
  5. Use of waste heat (other clean and innovative processes)  

The Panel will work on the development of a strategy that will enable heat pumps to make a major contribution to the “Common Vision” of the RHC-Platform, which outlines how the European heating and cooling sector can be fully decarbonized by 2050. The main target of this strategy will be to create the conditions to further boost the research, development and technological innovation of all existing and new heat pump applications.