Panasonic and Reclaim Energy partner on new heat pump

by Sophie Berrill
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Panasonic heat pump

Panasonic Australia and Reclaim Energy have announced a partnership to launch a CO2 hot water heat pump solution in the Australian market as an alternative to gas and electric hot water heating.

Reclaim Energy has over 20 years’ experience in providing environmentally friendly hot water systems, while Panasonic has a long history of innovation in the heat pump market. 

The installation pairs Panasonic’s CO2 heat pump technology with Reclaim Energy’s hot water system design solution and will be available to both the residential and commercial markets in December 2023.

“We want to support Australians who are looking to make more sustainable choices, lower their energy costs and replace outdated water heating solutions,” says Panasonic Australia managing director Paul Reid.

“Panasonic has installed approximately two million hot water heat pumps in the Japanese market, and we’re very pleased to be rolling this technology out locally here in Australia.”

Hot water heat pump

Panasonic CO2 Heat Pump operation and benefits

According to the partners, the Panasonic CO2 Heat Pump is up to five times more efficient than gas or traditional electric heating and can quickly and safely heat water up to 80 degrees Celsius, making it suitable for both residential and commercial use. The refrigerant it uses has a low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

The heat pump uses a heat exchanger to collect heat from the air outside to use as energy for the refrigerant and transfers energy from the hot refrigerant into water to produce hot water. 

The Panasonic product has an industry-leading Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 6.1. This means that for every unit of electrical energy used, 6.1 units of heating energy is produced, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions compared to conventional water heating via electricity or natural gas.

The heat pump and storage tank are designed to be installed externally, for example at the back or side of a free-standing home. They operate quietly and have a small footprint.

“We are committed to energy efficiency through innovative, interactive and customised environmental hot water solutions,” says Reclaim Energy managing director Chris Taylor.

“With the ability to use up to 80 percent less energy compared to traditional electrical hot water systems, and to combine with existing renewable energy installations, the financial and sustainable benefits are significant.”

For more information, visit the Panasonic website.

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