GEA Group’s refrigeration technologies division is now operating under the name GEA Heating & Refrigeration Technologies.

The renaming reflects GEA’s leading position as a supplier of sustainable heating and cooling technology under one roof.

This allows GEA to offer its customers solutions with increased efficiency and reduced CO₂ emissions, helping them to accelerate the transition to greener technologies, the company said in a statement.

Heat accounts for more than half of the global total final energy consumption and is today still mainly produced by using fossil fuels.

Companies are consequently looking for better ways to reduce their carbon footprint and to optimise their energy efficiency. In applications such as food, beverage and dairy processing, products are usually heated up and then refrigerated.

GEA’s heat pumps reuse and upcycle waste heat from essential refrigeration processes and repurpose it in the production process. This significantly reduces the energy demand of many industries. Simply put: Heat that would be wasted can now be used to replace carbon emissions.

The CEO of GEA Heating & Refrigeration Technologies. Kai Becker, said the name change signals the company’s commitment to providing integrated solutions that are more energy efficient and better for the environment.

 “We have the knowledge, the technology and the ability to successfully implement innovative projects that enable customers to build green factories that comply with current and future emission targets,” Becker said.

To provide customers easier access to the latest heat pump technology, GEA is expanding its test centres throughout Europe.

The expansion from 400m² to 850m² of its existing test centre in Berlin started in May 2021 and is scheduled to conclude in 2023.

As the facility will be 90 per cent automated and operational 24/7, customers will for example benefit from digital and real-time machine and performance data. In Den Bosch, Netherlands, GEA is integrating its off-site test centres into the existing factory and extending it with new state-of-the art test equipment.

“These measures help drive GEA’s own sustainability goals as well as increase customer satisfaction by providing them support on their road to decarbonization,” Becker said. “We are now seizing the opportunity to expand our division sustainably. This is a perfect example of engineering for a better world.”

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