Austrian heat pump market situation

The total heat pumps sales (for space heating) increased from 2013 to 2014 by 0.2%. They amounted to a total of 21 717 units in 2014.
The total heat pumps sales (for space heating) increased from 2013 to 2014 by 0.2%. They amounted to a total of 21 717 units in 2014. 14 080 units were sold on the domestic market. However, the development of domestic sales between the different power classes was very inhomogeneous. In the lower power class up to 10 kW, sales increased by 10.8%, while decreasing in the power class from 10 kW to 20 kW by 4.6%, in the 20 kW – 50 kW class by 22.8% and in the segment above 50 kW by 26.8%.
 A stable trend is the shift from the 10 kW–20 kW segment to the low power segment under 10 kW, reflecting the development to low-energy and nearly-zero energy buildings.

 The export of heat pumps for space heating increased by 0.4% compared to 2013. 7 637 heat pumps were exported to foreign countries. In the export market, increases have been seen in the power classes until 50 kW. The class above 50 kW experienced a similar decline as well as in the domestic market. The sales of industrial heating pumps in 2014 declined by 11.4% within domestic and export markets. However, the units sold in this segment are in general very few – a total of 39 project-specific made heating pumps were sold in 2014 compared to 44 in 2013. Thus, the difference in percentage should not be overestimated. The total turnover of sanitary water heat pumps increased by 4.5%. 7 168 sanitary water heat pumps were sold in the year 2014. In the home market there was an increase of 5.2% and on the export market there was an increase of 2.8%. The total sales of heat pumps for housing space airing show a decrease of 18.8%. Summarised, it can be stated that in the year 2014 there was a modest increase of total sales, especially in the small power segments both in the domestic market and export market. This results in a rise of the total sales of heat pumps, no matter which kind or power class, of 1%.

 Although the domestic market of the represented types of heat pumps (inclusive exhaust air) was nearly the same in the year 2013 and 2014, the development of particular power classes differed a lot from each other. A remarkable decline of the power segment above 10 kW was compensated by the increase of the power class up to 10 kW (typically new-built one- and two-family houses as well as townhouses). It increased by 9.5%. The class from 10 kW to 20 kW (mostly more-family houses or commercially used buildings) decreased by 4.6%, the class from 20 kW to 50 kW decreased by 22.8% and the class above 50 kW by 26.8%.

 The long-term air/water heat pump trend continued in the year 2014. The number of the domestically sold air/water heat pumps increased from 8 025 units in 2013 to 8 976 units in 2014. Therefore, the relative share of this heat pump system went up from 56% in 2013 to 62.8% in 2014. As a result, air/water heat pumps were by far the most sold heat pump systems. Brine/water heat pumps only had a share of 25.7% of the domestic market, followed by direct expansion heat pumps with a share of 5.5%.

Source: EHPA