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Daikin Austria wins Heat Pump Award 2023 in the People's Choice category

Press release, October 2023

In 2023, for the 13th time, the prestigious European Heat Pump Award recognizes the most efficient, smart, and sustainable heat pump projects across Europe. Daikin Austria submitted a decarbonization project for a gas boiler replacement at the factory of AHT Rottenmann and emerges as the winner in the People's Choice category among 32 first-class heat pump projects.

Vienna, October 2023 – “Daikin is fully committed to contribute to Europe’s decarbonization and RePowerEU plan and recognizes the HVAC-R industry as integral part of the solution. We are grateful for the appreciation expressed by all the people who voted for our industrial heat pump project at AHT Rottenmann in Austria for this year’s European Heat Pump Award”, said Claus Albel, General Manager Sales Daikin Austria. The award ceremony took place during the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)’s Heat Pump Forum 2023 in Brussels.

Jan Logghe, Department Manager Heating and Renewables Daikin Europe received the Heat Pump Award 2023 in the People's Choice Category for Daikin Austria from Kaven Nourrice, R&D Specialist at Frascold who presented the award at the European Heat Pump Forum 2023, Brussels. Copyright: EHPA/Vivian Hertz

Daikin’s outstanding industrial heat pump solution for Austrian AHT factory

AHT Cooling Systems is the leading provider of plug-in, environmentally friendly deep-freeze systems and a perfect partner for food retailers and food manufacturers. For their factory in Rottenmann, Daikin Austria realized an industrial heat pump project to replace gas boiler heating and support AHT’s ambition to reduce the carbon footprint of their facilities. The solutions consists of a heat pump cascade with a totally installed heating capacity of 1,200 kW for heating of the production facility, the office building and for domestic hot water supply. Additionally, a further extension of a heat pump installation of 500 kW is planned to be added in the future.

“Being a provider of environmentally friendly cooling and freezing equipment, it was highly important for us to find a sustainable, flexible, energy saving and absolutely reliable solution to cover our year-round heating demands. The comprehensive Daikin industrial heat pump portfolio met all our requirements and is in addition fully compatible with our existing photovoltaic system as an energy source.” says Martin Krutz, Managing Director of AHT Cooling Systems.

“After taking all customer’s requirements into consideration, we designed a solution consisting of four air-cooled Daikin heat pumps (EWYT350BXRA2, refrigerant R32) as energy source for two water to water heat pumps (EWWH525VZXSA1, refrigerant R1234ze) to ensure year-round heating of AHT facilities and deliver a hot water production of up to +73°C.

An energy loop with temperature levels of around 15°C to 20°C ensures maximum efficiency of the heating system”, says Klemens Kaltenbacher, Sales Manager Strategic Key Accounts Daikin Austria. The project scope included the delivery and assembling of all Daikin heat pumps, supervision during the installation, commissioning, testing and functional checks and a contract for maintenance.

"We consistently prioritize our customers' needs when seeking future-proof solutions for HVAC-R projects. I am exceptionally proud that Daikin Austria and AHT Rottenmann have been acknowledged for their dedication to decarbonizing the industry through this year's People's Choice category of the Heat Pump Award. This recognition underscores that our solutions resonate not only with the award's jury but also with a wider audience," said Carl Lievens, Managing Director of Daikin Central Europe.


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Photo copyrights: Daikin Central Europe, AHT, EHPA/Vivian Hertz



European Heat Pump Award

The Heat Pump Award (HPA) was founded by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) to recognise the most outstanding heat pump projects on local, residential, and industrial levels.

The HPA was launched in 2011 under the name of Heat Pump City of the Year (HPCY) Award to highlight cities and regions that have put in place an energy efficient project which takes advantage of Heat Pump technology. The international appeal of the award has grown year after year and now attracts participants from all over Europe and beyond. All submitted projects collect different visions on how heat pumps are a valuable source in the decarbonization path in Europe.


Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe

Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe was founded in 1999 with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, as a subsidiary of Daikin Europe N.V. The company's portfolio comprises products and solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, air purification and refrigeration. More than 700 employees and 2,500 partners are responsible for sales and service activities in 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia). With Your Daikin World at the Vienna headquarters, the HVAC-R industry and the construction sector have access to a modern experience center for co-creating tailor-made solutions for hotels, retail, offices, and large commercial applications. It also includes one out of nine training centers in the region of Daikin Central Europe.


AHT Cooling Systems

AHT Cooling Systems is a renowned global provider of commercial refrigeration and freezing technology. Established in 1983, AHT has consistently been a trailblazer in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly refrigeration solutions, revolutionizing the industry on a global scale. Throughout its history, AHT has been committed to natural refrigerants such as R290 and R744, offering comprehensive one-stop solutions to its valued customers.

With a dedicated team of over 1,300 employees and an extensive network of CoolPoint partners worldwide, AHT is entrusted with the responsibilities of global sales, service, and device construction. The company operates from four state-of-the-art production facilities located in Austria, the USA, China, and Brazil, supported by 14 country branches. This strategic setup allows AHT to maintain close customer relationships, develop market-driven products, and ensure swift delivery times for its clientele.


Media contact

Doris Passler
Manager Corporate Communications Central Europe

Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe HandelsgmbH

Lemböckgasse 59/1/1, 1230 Vienna, Austria

T: +43 (0) 664 24 56 444



Karin Zuntermann

Marketing Supervisor Daikin Austria

Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe HandelsgmbH
Lemböckgasse 59/1/1, 1230 Wien, Österreich
T: +43 (0) 1 253 21 11-206

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