This year’s European Heat Pump Summit will offer the professional community a top-class programme. The variety of information at the conference is supplemented with product presentations by leading heat pump and component manufacturers at the accompanying foyer expo.
In this interview, Daniela Heinkel, director of Chillventa and the European Heat Pump Summit at NürnbergMesse, gives an overview of the event.
Ms Heinkel, what do you think makes the European Heat Pump Summit so special?
“The first European Heat Pump Summit took place exactly 10 years ago. Since then, the highly specialised event has made exceptional progress, developing a distinctive position and establishing itself as the top event for the heat pump in Europe.
“The summit has underpinned its key role as the expert gathering of the European heat pump community above all in the international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump network of NürnbergMesse.
“It is precisely this dynamic interplay between the theoretical and highly technical knowledge transfer in the congress, the practical context provided by the Foyer Expo and the chance for delegates to extend their international network at the stands and get-together that make this event such a special highlight in the international industry calendar.
“To meet these expectations we have once again put together a specialist programme for heat pump professionals in 2019. I am particularly pleased that the Foyer Expo has once again proven so popular with companies, with all available spots already fully booked.
“This is a clear indication of how well the summit concept is working and how important it is to combine the congress and Foyer Expo. The stands are where theoretical knowledge is made tangible and specialists engage in professional dialogue.”
What is the focus of this year’s European Heat Pump Summit?
“The congress offers an extensive programme each day and features numerous top-class presentations. We were able to get 35 renowned international speakers to come on board to answer questions from the audience about the status quo and importance of the heat pump.
“The congress will mainly address the use of the heat pump in industrial, commercial and municipal applications and in doing so will cover a broad range of topics. As well as looking at innovative technologies in component manufacture and the specific use of heat pumps in commercial and industrial applications, the summit will also explore topics such as refrigerants, the use of hybrid systems, and high-temperature heat pumps
“The congress is aimed at researchers, technicians, product developers, decision-makers and consulting engineers, component manufacturers and suppliers, designers and architects, and operators of heat pumps in industrial and commercial environments.”
What can participants expect at the Foyer Expo?
“Once again, it represents a high-calibre complement to the congress and offers heat pump experts the opportunity to take a close look at product presentations by component and heat pump manufacturers and professional associations in an unhurried atmosphere.
“Delegates can look forward to highly professional knowledge-sharing with company representatives and the opportunity to network.”
Which companies are taking part in this year’s summit?
“I am pleased by the huge response we have had from companies and above all that we have attracted so many major players as exhibitors and sponsors. This year the exhibitors include: Alfa Laval, Bitzer, Carel, Danfoss, ebm-papst, Engie, Honeywell, Rütgers, Sagiomiya, Sanhua, SRM Europe and Ziehl Abegg.”
Who are the event partners and patrons this year?
“NürnbergMesse organises the European Heat Pump Summit in close cooperation with patrons and partners from the trades, industry and the R&D community, including bwp, DKV, ehpa, IEA HPT TCP Heat Pump Center, IZW, VDKF and ZVKKW.”