Published by Kate Anderson on October 19th, 2011

Recently released figures have revealed that there are 1 million ground source heat pumps installed across Europe.

Data achieved by The EurObserv’ER barometer, which measures the progress made by renewable energies in each sector and in each member State of the European Union, shows that one million ground source heat pump installations was reached in 2010, although installations were slightly down on previous figures.

Sweden scored the most number of units sold, with 31,954 in 2010, up on 27,544 units in 2009. Previous leaders Germany achieved second place with 25,516 units, down on 29,371 in 2009. With 4,060 units sold, the UK took 8th place in the table, after generating 3,980 installations the previous year.

Both Hungary and Finland have seen an increase in the number of units sold; from 259 to 1,000 and 6,137 to 8,091 respectively.

A ground source heat pump provides your home with heat and hot water by utilising the natural heat absorbed from the ground using pipes to extract heat, which is usually used to heat underfloor heating systems or radiators, as well as to provide hot water.

The authors of the latest EurObserv’ER barometer report are forecasting a 10% average annual growth in the number of ground source heat pump units. By 2020, it is predicted that the European heat pump base will stand at around 2.6 million units.