Visit to Baxi’s commercial heat pump R&D and laboratory site in Spain


10 January 2024

By David Crowson, Digital Editor, Heat Pumps Today

In August, Heat Pumps Today was invited to take a closer look at Baxi’s new range of high temperature air source heat pumps at their €13 million commercial heat pump R&D and laboratory site in Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain.

The 7,000m² Baxi facility, located near Barcelona and opened just last year, is focused on developing and producing commercial heat pump technology. The site boasts complete in-house capabilities spanning R&D, logistics, manufacturing and assembly, and including climatic testing chambers and a controls desk.

During the visit, we were provided with an exclusive preview of the new Remeha Effenca commercial heat pump series that was designed and produced at Vilafranca and is currently undergoing final testing. The new range, which includes high temperature R290 refrigerant air source heat pumps (ASHPs), will launch imminently in the UK with a full Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

Harriet Evans, Renewables Director at Baxi said: “The focus on low carbon design is now critical in line with ambitious government decarbonisation targets.

Heat pumps, which decarbonise heating at the point of use, are a big part of how we as a company are supporting our commercial and residential customers through the energy transition.

“We are proud to demonstrate our full in-house capabilities and competencies at Vilafranca, and of the wide expertise and support we have within the Group in this technology. We are excited to be expanding our Remeha ASHP range in the very near future with both medium and high temperature ASHPs – watch this space!”

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In the UK, Baxi launched its first Remeha commercial heat pump in 2022. The company recently announced its latest commercial ASHP project, a collaboration with Oakes Energy Services to decarbonise a series of school swimming pool buildings for the Priory Federation of Academies Trust.

Heat pump production capacity at Vilafranca has scaled up by 50% in the last twelve months, with plans to triple in the next five years via new commercial heat pump solutions in development.

It was indeed a journey worth investing time in, and I look forward to seeing the Remeha Effenca commercial heat pump series being launched in the UK.