Daikin Among First HVAC Industry Partners to Commit to Department of Energy Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge

November 8th, 2021

Daikin was honored to be featured at the New York City event where Vice President Kamala Harris joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm to announce the first HVAC industry partners to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge.

The challenge, which was announced in May 2021, aims to reduce the carbon footprint of cold climate heating solutions by improving the efficiency and affordability of new heat pumps. According to a DOE statement, “through this partnership, DOE will build upon recent industry advancements to accelerate the market's shift to more-efficient, clean cold-climate heat pumps for consumers and help reach the Biden Administration goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.”

“I was delighted to attend yesterday’s event with Vice President Harris and Secretary Granholm,” said Takayuki (Taka) Inoue, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Goodman/Daikin North America. “Our technical and R&D teams are excited to take on the challenge and to accelerate the recognition of Daikin’s core inverter and heat pump technologies, as well as our proactive leadership in the adoption of lower global warming potential refrigerants.”

According to the DOE statement, the next generation of cold climate heat pumps developed under this challenge will have:
• Increased performance at cold temperatures
• Increased heating capacity at lower ambient temperatures
• More efficiency across broader range of operating conditions
• Demand flexibility (advanced controls to adjust usage on demand)
“Daikin commends the DOE for initiating the Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge,” said David Calabrese, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Deputy General Manager, Daikin U.S. Corporation. “This initiative will help overcome the perception that heat pumps are not effective as a sole source of heat and reinforce their overall efficacy in cold climates.”