Test labs share their experience of the HP KEYMARK scheme: an interview with Mario Reimbold

Mario Reimbold is lab manager test centre for energy appliances at TÜV Rheinland.

1) How the HP KEYMARK can fulfil its objectives in ensuring the highest quality products in the marketplace?

Since heat pumps fall within the legally non-regulated area, tests are made on a voluntary basis. HP KEYMARK sets testing requirements according to existing standards combined with a regular surveillance, performed by an independent party.

2) What is the main difference between the HP KEYMARK and other heat pump certifications?

HP KEYMARK is one of the most recognised certification programs in Europe. Compared to other programs, European standards instead of national requirements are accepted within the KEYMARK scheme.

3) What are the main benefits that the HP KEYMARK can provide to the industry and end-consumers?

The first advantage consists in the unified certification process that is equal for everybody in Europe. No special national requirements are necessary and the heat pumps can be tested in every HP KEYMARK laboratory. Furthermore, this scheme ensures the constant quality of the heat pumps by performing regular surveillance testing.

4) What is your vision for the future of the heat pump technology and what role the HP KEYMARK will play in achieving that vision?

Heat pumps are part of the energy revolution in terms of decarbonisation. Pushing this standard by supporting it with high quality requirements, HP KEYMARK contributes to this change.