The 2023 China Heat Pump Industry Annual Conference took place in Nanjing. (Source: CECA)
The 2023 China Heat Pump Industry Annual Conference took place in Nanjing. (Source: CECA)

China Heat Pump Alliance to Host Industry Forum in Shanghai, August 6–8

The China Heat Pump Forum will attract more than 1,500 stakeholders from around the world.

The China Heat Pump Alliance (CHPA) has announced that it will host the 2024 China Heat Pump Industry Annual Conference and China Heat Pump Forum (CHPF) in Shanghai, August 6–8.

The conference will showcase the latest in heat pump innovation and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to connect and strategize, with the aim of enabling participants to learn about recent and future developments in a rapidly changing industry.

According to organizers, the CHPF is the world’s largest heat pump conference and is widely recognized as the “most significant global forum” for facilitating collaboration, engagement and innovation within the industry.

“This forum has consistently led the charge in promoting heat pump technologies and energizing the growth of the heat pump industry,” said Hengyi Zhao, General Secretary of the CHPA. “Much progress has been made in the past twelve years, yet we are just warming up.”

The three-day conference will attract a diverse group of attendees, representing all facets of the heat pump industry, from manufacturers, contractors and HVAC engineers to property developers, researchers, industry bodies and policymakers.

“This forum has consistently led the charge in promoting heat pump technologies and energizing the growth of the heat pump industry.”

Hengyi Zhao,  CHPA

Typically attracting more than 1,500 participants each year, the CHPA has said that it anticipates a larger contingent in 2024 due to the rising global interest in heat pumps, with visitors from across China, Europe, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. expected to attend.

“Since the first CHPF was held in 2012, innovative technologies have boosted the adoption of heat pumps in new climate zones, new markets and new commercial and residential applications,” said the CHPA.

In addition to the main forum, the conference will include seven sub-forums, each of which will cover a range of topics impacting the sector. Sessions will include presentations from major manufacturers and experts from various national and international organizations like the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Heat Pump Association, the Heat Pump and Thermal Storage Technology Center of Japan (HPTCJ) and ATMOsphere, publisher of NaturalRefrigerants.com.

Presentations will cover advanced air-to-water heat pump technologies for cold climates, high-temperature and industrial heating, international heat pump markets and policy information updates.

“This prestigious event features presentations by premier heat pump manufacturers as well as noted experts from domestic and international spheres,” he added. “Key business leaders from around the world will attend the CHPF in August. It is an event not to be missed.”

The CHPF will also host some 100 exhibitors, offering attendees the opportunity to learn more about industry developments and gain hands-on experience with new technologies.

As well as the forum program and exhibition, the conference will include multiple networking opportunities ranging from dinner events to a friendly soccer game.

Interested parties will be able to register to attend the CHPF until August 6.

China’s heat pump market

The global demand for heat pumps is accelerating at unprecedented rates, thanks to advancing technologies and the implementation of policies to drive decarbonization and energy savings.

According to the CHPA, China is currently at the center of heat pump research, product development and manufacturing, making the CHPF a crucial event for both national and international stakeholders.

As noted by IEA in its recent report – “The Future of Heat Pumps in China” – heat pumps will play a vital role in the country’s 2060 net-zero emissions target, with its significant consumption of heat.

“Electrification through heat pumps can provide a key lever for decarbonizing heating, and sales have increased in recent years in China, driven by growing demand for space and water heating, and clean heating policies,” said the organization.

Manufacturers like Italy-based Dorin are seeing interest in heat pump technologies grow in the Chinese market. Over the past five years, the company’s sales of transcritical CO2 (R744) compressors in China have tripled, with heat pump applications accounting for around 70%.

“Electrification through heat pumps can provide a key lever for decarbonizing heating, and sales have increased in recent years in China, driven by growing demand for space and water heating, and clean heating policies.”

IEA

Established in 2009, the CHPA consists of members of the Heat Pump Committee of the China Energy Conservation Association (CECA). The alliance has said that it is currently the largest and most influential heat pump association in China. It consists of 500 enterprise members, representing more than 80% of China’s heat pump R&D, production and manufacturing capacity. It has also forged “close relationships” with research institutions and government agencies and acts as a bridge between industry and policymakers.

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