oPEN Lab | Project Partner

Daikin Europe N.V

Founded in 1924, Daikin Industries Ltd has continued to expand with a focus on the heat pumps and fluorochemicals businesses. Daikin is the world’s only general heat pump equipment manufacturer with in-house divisions covering both heat pumps and refrigerants. It has more than 100 production bases around the world and conducts business in more than 150 countries and regions.

Daikin Europe N.V has its headquarters in Belgium and is Daikin Industries’ subsidiary covering the full EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) market. Daikin Europe has a turnover of over €3 billion, over 10,000 employees, and 13 production facilities all over Europe. Within the corporate philosophy of not only local European sales & production Daikin Europe has a local EMEA Development Centre, with more than 300 engineers that are looking for innovations for the EMEA market.

Role in Project

Daikin will use the opportunities of oPEN Lab to field test a new generation of air to water heat pumps and to test concepts of heat pumps linked with a District Heating Network (preferable 5th generation network) in the Genk Living Lab. Furthermore, the integration of heat pumps with other residential devices will be key for the future by, for example, linking them with ventilation systems. It will also test demand response, the link with renewable energy production via PV panels, link with energy storage and development of a full central energy management system will be essential. The presence of a micro-DC grid at the Living Lab Genk is also very interesting. Daikin wants to explore the possibilities of linking this DC network with the heat pump, if feasible.