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The Prime Minister of Saxony Tillich visits heat pump specialist thermea


Thermea Managing Director Steffen Oberländer explains the thermeco2 machines to the head of government using the example of a CO2-based compressed air dryer for Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. (photo: MinneMedia)

Ottendorf-Okrilla, August 21, 2013 - A special guest was welcomed by the company thermea Energiesysteme in Ottendorf-Okrilla near Dresden. The Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich visited the young company that has made a name for itself with the development of an innovative heat pump technology. Thermea relies on the climate-friendly refrigerant CO2, which, unlike fluorinated hydrocarbons, does not additionally contribute either to the greenhouse effect or to the destruction of ozone.

The head of government learnt in detail about the innovative technology, for which the company has received various awards, including the "Refrigeration Award" of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Afterward, Tillich went on a tour of the production facilities, and was impressed by the modern production methods employed at thermea. The Prime Minister – himself a graduate engineer for construction and gear equipment – appeared impressed by the environmentally friendly and highly efficient thermeco2 machines.

Under the trade name thermeco2, the company thermea Energiesysteme GmbH manufactures high-temperature heat pumps, chillers and compressed-air dryers for industrial use and building services. The machines have already proven themselves in practice. The company is based in Ottendorf-Okrilla near Dresden, and was founded in 2008. The main stakeholders are Dürr AG – Clean Technology Systems division – and Robert Bosch GmbH.


Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. It generates a good 80% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with four divisions: Paint and Assembly Systems plans and builds paint shops and final assembly systems for the automobile and aircraft industries. Application Technology provides automated paint application, sealing, and glueing with its robot technologies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used for balancing and cleaning in engine and transmission manufacturing as well as in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, specializes in processes to improve energy efficiency and exhaust air purification. Dürr has 52 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,900 employees. The Group achieved sales revenues of € 2.4 billion in 2012.

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