The Heat Pump Association is the only professional organization associating companies dealing with heat pump technology. All major heat pump manufacturers and importers in the Czech Republic are members of the Association.
Objectives of the Association
The development of heat pump installations in the Czech Republic has been considerably delayed for countries that have been active in the field of energy efficiency and environmental protection for decades.
The first targeted installations of heat pumps appeared in our country in the early 1990s. The low level of energy prices for households made the return on investment into the heat pump installation unbearable. In some cases it was longer than the life of the device itself. In these unfavorable conditions, without support, "just from hobbyism", a few individuals and companies took the path of pioneers to install heat pumps.
About heat pumps, which in our country was relatively little widespread, was available only minimal information. Both the lay and professional public lacked reliable data and especially practical experience in operation. This state of affairs, although much has been done to popularize heat pumps, has unfortunately continued to this day.
For these reasons, the Association for the Use of Heat Pumps has set itself a difficult task. Work in the field of information dissemination, education of experts (architects, civil engineers, designers, assembly companies, government) and potential investors. There are not only information barriers, but also legislative and economic barriers. These are a very significant brake on the widespread expansion of heat pumps, so it is necessary, with regard to the development of heat pump installations, to pay attention to this issue.
Following the involvement in the European Association of Heat Pumps, which brings together members of individual EU countries that have many years of experience, it will be possible to use their knowledge and experience. Thus, the Association can avoid mistakes that usually accompany any new activity.
AVTČ aims to take care of the technical level of its members and to minimize the number of incorrect installations that, as a result, lead to a negative attitude of users and potential applicants for heat pumps.
An essential part of the ASCR activities is also coordinated cooperation in solving energy, financial, environmental and other strategic concepts of the state.
Establishing contacts with other entities is also important to raise awareness. Whether interest associations in the field of renewable and alternative energy use, environmental protection, electricity companies, EKIS advisory centers, energy auditors, etc. Cooperation with universities and secondary schools, research and testing institutes, etc. is also beneficial.
We believe that the activities of the Association for the Use of Heat Pumps will lead to greater awareness and, as a result, a substantial increase in heat pump installations. It will contribute to a positive impact on energy management and will benefit the environment.