Heat Pump Water Heater Challenge

China Heat Pump Water Heater Challenge Programme

China Heat Pump Water Heater map

In China, the broad uptake of Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) faces many challenges. Firstly, the upfront cost of an HPWH is higher than that of an electric water heater, and similar or a little higher than a solar water heater. Secondly, consumer awareness in China is still very low. Consumers also have no means to compare between different types of water heaters. Thirdly, the level of HPWH technology used in China is significantly lower than in Europe, leading to lower reliability, lower efficiency, less-than-ideal refrigerants used, and limited range.

The Objectives: The project promotes residential HPWH in China to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It plans to increase the market share of household heat pump water heaters to 6.5% in Southern China.

The Way Forward

 

  • Strengthening the China Heat Pump Alliance to facilitate EU-Asia exchanges of experience, and enhancing potential for credibility, visibility, and acceptance of the outputs of the action;
  • Strengthening of the capacity of intermediaries;
  • Strengthening consumer awareness;
  • Upgrading HPWH manufacturing through enhanced ability and readiness to apply eco-design;
  • Establishing a new single standard and a labelling scheme supporting HPWH greater deployment;
  • Creating a supportive policy framework allowing HPWH to benefit from subsidies available to Renewable Energy technologies.

 

Duration: 2/2013 - 1/2017

Total budget: EUR 2,069,861 (EU Contribution: 80%)

 

 

Contact

China Energy Conservation Association
Mr. Song Zhongkui
Room 301, 13#, No.18, Bei San Huan Rd.
Beijing 100013, China
songzhk@nim.ac.cn

China Energy Conservation Association, China China Energy Conservation Association, China
CECA is the lead applicant of the project. It is responsible for the overall management and project implementations.
Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJU) Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJU)
SJU is a project partner. It contributes in the trainings on heat pump water heater (HPWH) and provides trainers for other technical trainings.
China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS)
As a project partner, CNIS leads the policy, standard and labelling activities. It provides ad hoc support to the other partners.
International Copper Association Ltd., China (ICA) International Copper Association Ltd., China (ICA)
ICA is one of the partners. It plays a role in organising events, training, policy dialogue and engages in dissemination activities.
SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB (SSTF) SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB (SSTF)
As one of the partners, SSTF plays a role in developing link with European Heat Pump Alliance. It supports the transfer of experience from Europe.
Project Impact Sheet Project Impact Sheet
This publication provides a brief information about the challenges addressed, approaches and scaling up strategies employed, as well as the results achieved by SWITCH-Asia project.

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HPWH Project Info Brief (ppt)

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Guidelines for HPWH Installers (in Chinese)

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Heat Pump Water Heater - Marketing Guideline (in Chinese)

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HPWH Project Brochure

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Project Fact Sheet

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