Energy / Climate Change

February 28, 2013


Japan Reports 2011 Geothermal Heat Pump Installations Up 43% from 2010

Keywords: Government Renewable Energy 

Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) released the results of a survey on November 13, 2012, on the installation of geothermal heat pump systems in the country. According to the report, the number of heat pumps installed in 2011 totaled 207, up 43 percent from 145 in 2010, when the number grew by 25 percent from the previous year. The survey revealed that the number of systems installed has been sharply increasing in recent years, as this system is one of the effective measures for saving energy as well as for mitigating heat island phenomenon.

MOE conducted the survey with the aim of obtaining fundamental reference data for a scheme to increase the use of geothermal energy, in line with "Innovative Strategy for Energy and the Environment" determined by the Energy and Environment Council of Japanese Government.

The survey also showed that the number of heat pump systems installed in Japan totaled 990. Looked at by type of facility, residential installations ranked at the top, at 434, followed by offices, at 114, and public facilities, at 72. By prefecture, Hokkaido topped the list, with 322 systems installed, followed by Tokyo with 87, Iwate with 72, Aomori with 50, and Akita with 49.

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