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Top 5 Takeaways from ISH 2013

I’ve been going to the ISH in Frankfurt – one of the world’s largest trade fairs for home energy products – for a number of years now. Here are some of my highlights from the Energy section of this year’s trade show. c547e22cdf

  1. Apps galore – heating companies move into remote control and smart phone apps. But lots of open questions remain about who will ‘own’ the customer, how much value there is in this space, and who will get it. You can read our recent Delta-ee HEMh study for our view of how this market will develop.
  2. Hybrid electric heat pump – gas boiler systems. Lots of models were on display, but some key differences in configurations – which ones are best placed to open up the gas replacement market? We look at this issue in a bit more detail in our recent Hybrid Heat Pumps Report.
  3. Fuel cell micro-CHP – two of Europe’s largest boiler manufacturers (Bosch and Viessmann) displaying new products in conjunction with major Japanese corporations (Panasonic and Aisin), trialling 100s of units now or in the next years, and preparing for market introduction. See Scott Dwyer’s ISH review – ISH 2013 – Germany emerges as a hot bed of activity for small cogen, including a sneak peak at new residential fuel cells –  for Delta-ee’s view of how this market will develop.
  4. The battle for the mini-CHP market is hotting up – more engines, and a lot more products – but how big will this market become? And what’s driving it? See our detailed study prospectus for our new Multi-Client Study here.
  5. Gas heat pumps – new Viessmann products on show in addition to existing products from several manufacturers, and Robur edging closer to a residential-scale product.  Will this move from an interesting sideshow towards the mainstream heating market? See Lindsay Sugden’s ISH review  – The top 5 heat pump technology trends at ISH 2013 – for Delta-ee’s view.

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