Heat pump penetration in Europe

In spite of the overall market setback in 2009, the long-term growth trend for heat pumps in Europe is upwards, says a report from the IEA Heat Pump Centre (Sweden).
For the 9 countries analysed, the total installation rate was 525 000 units in 2009. New housing construction continues to be main target with the penetration in many countries exceeding 30% – the notable exceptions are Sweden at 75% and Switzerland at 95%. However, the global share in central heating systems is still low at around 10%. In the Blue Energy Scenario envisaged by the IEA, heat pumps would take a leading role towards a 100% renewable energy Europe.
JARN, February 2011