Handelsblatt Energy Summit

Philipp Pausder, Christian Deilmann and Florian Unger (from left) discuss the heat transition with Handelsblatt editor Catiana Krapp.

(Photo: Marc-Steffen Unger for Handelsblatt)

Sedan A far-reaching turmoil is emerging on the German heating market. Last year he has shown it. “Our customers have always focused on combined heat and power plants and gas boilers. That changed radically on February 24,” Florian Unger, head of the real estate segment of energy service provider Getec, said at the Handelsblatt Energy Summit on Wednesday.

According to Unger, before the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine began, only about 30 percent of his customers ordered heat pumps. Now it is 90 percent. Unger said: “The market for gas-based solutions has collapsed.”

Unger’s company, Getec, equips large properties with heating systems. But what you experience can be seen throughout the industry: According to the Federal Association of the German Heating Industry (BDH) and the Federal Association for Heat Pumps (BWP), sales of heat pumps increased by 53 percent in 2022. compared to the previous year. year.

More and more people are switching from gas to alternative energy sources for heating, and politics is fueling this trend. Because by 2030 there should be six million heat pumps in Germany so that the construction sector is CO2 neutral by 2045. For many players, this means a fundamental change.

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Philipp Pausder, founder and head of the Thermondo heating platform, sees it too. The start-up has been around for ten years and claims to be the largest heating installer in Germany. At the beginning, Thermondo also installed classic gas heaters. However, for several months the company has been concentrating on installing heat pumps in German homes.

“The fact that the heat pump does not work in the existing building has been denied”

Pausder told the energy summit: “We generate 70 percent of our sales with heat pumps.” Last year, however, hundreds of thousands of gas heaters were also installed in Germany.

Heat pump in a new single-family building

Heat pumps work most efficiently in well-insulated new buildings. However, according to the providers, they can also be used effectively in existing properties.


(Photo: dpa)

Skeptics often criticize that heat pumps cannot be used in existing buildings, as they are often poorly insulated and have very high energy consumption, especially on cold winter days. Therefore, heat pumps are particularly valuable in new buildings.

This was clearly contradicted by several businessmen at the energy summit. Getec’s Florian Unger, for example, said: “The prejudice that the heat pump doesn’t work in the existing building has been disproved. All of that can be solved.” Thermondo boss Pausder even qualified the arguments against the heat pump in the old building as “pure lobbying”. The established German heating manufacturers have “got a bit of sleep” on the subject of heat pumps. But now they, too, are investing in the subject and catching up.

Smart thermostats can save energy, without replacing the heating system

But the thermal transition can be accelerated not only by replacing the heating system, but also by saving energy. The founder and CEO of the start-up Tado, Christian Deilmann, told the energy summit: “We can reduce our customers’ energy consumption by 22 percent.”

Tado offers, among other things, smart thermostats that can be used to regulate heating systems. The heating can be turned down automatically if there are no people in a room for a long time.

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In the course of the energy crisis, the German Energy Agency (dena) made a proposal last summer to introduce a legal obligation for homeowners to install digital radiator thermostats and measuring systems.

Tado boss Deilmann said on Wednesday: “The mandatory installation is a very good idea.” There are more and more political considerations in this direction. There is also pressure from the European Union on the issue.

Apparently, however, the so-called grid-friendly behavior of large electricity consumers is even higher on the list of political priorities. This means that ideally electric cars and heat pumps should draw electricity from the grid when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining, which means there is plenty of renewable electricity available.

In recent days, the statements of the president of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, on this topic have caused a stir. He warned that too many heat pumps and electric cars could put pressure on the power grid and put it at risk. Therefore, the Federal Network Agency has published a key issues document that provides for temporary rationing of electricity for heat pumps and electric car charging stations at times of high grid utilization.

This raises fears among some consumers. Not so with the businessmen at the energy summit. Deilmann said electric cars and heat pumps need to be digitized and managed smartly. Pausder emphasized: “More flexible consumption is an opportunity.”

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