PAC&Clim’Info information associations revealed the balance of the sales of air conditioners and PAC devices from January through August 2014.

– The sale of splits (mono & multi) of more than 17.5 kW decreased by 12%, with growth of 19% between January and April and a decline of 24% from May to August. According to Mr. Julien Masson from PAC&Clim’Info, the market of the tertiary sector registered an increase of 3% before slowing down between May and August.

– An overall growth of 3 % was observed in the market for DRV including an increase of 10 % from January in April.

– The CTA sale fails of 3% for air handling units. In other hand, that of the terminal units with ice water registered an increase of 14%.

– The sales of the ice water group of products increased by 16% with a 27% increase for the systems water/water and 14% for the air/water.

Thomas Vendasi of PAC&Clim’Info wished to recall that the sale for this type of equipment has been poor in the second four-month period of 2013. The market has not even reached the figures for the same period of 2009. This market is, according to him, supported by renovations. The sale of the small R22 units strongly contributed to the increase of sales.

– Rooftops sales increase by 15%.

– Sales of outdoor PAC air/air units of less than 17.5 kilowatts were up of 5% for mono split, 4% for multi split and 3 % in indoor units.

Stephanie Gauthier from PAC&Clim’Info said that the market has benefited from the good weather of the early summer. A 7% growth was registered in the second four-month period. An 8 % growth was noticed for mono-split and 4 % for multi-Split.

– The PAC air/water market has risen by 33%. Faced with this finding, Charlotte Brunello of Daikin air-conditioning France said that the second four-month period is better than the first one. The sale of one-piece PACs increased by 29 % between May and August.

This increase allowed catching up of the lower sales from late April. The PAC split-system sales were up by 46%. This increase was 39 % for the one-piece and 97% for small powers split-system.

– Geothermal PAC sales fell 21% in ground/ground, 48% for the ground/water, 10% for glycol water/water and 30 % for water/water.

– The PAC market for ECS has on his side increased by 54%.
Decline in solar thermal sales and a strong mobilization of the sector

On the occasion of the General States of the solar Heat given by Enerplan, Valérie Laplagne of Uniclima referred to the 20% decline in the French solar thermal market in 2014. Richard Loyen of Enerplan, in the other side presented his plan for solar heat sector, focusing particularly on renewable heat to the overall plan to structure the offer. A shared platform of innovation is provided for this purpose. Enerplan therefore expects a market recovery in 2015 due to government support.

Rémi Chabrillat (Ademe) said at the event that the renewable heat is one of the key elements to the success of the energy transition. Solar heat has also a great place to take. According to his estimate, solar thermal has a high potential in the industrial sector in France.

Daniel Mugnier of Tecsol has advanced two options for solar thermal innovation.  The first one consists of the development of heat networks and applications in the industry. The second focuses on the digital solar thermal to provide a connected control systems. These two solutions will therefore allow ending the preventive maintenance while reducing operating costs by an economy of solar energy on the order of 10%.

Thierry Autric of Quality in Air for his part said that a Qualisol Collective certification should be implemented in the first quarter 2015. A seizure and commissioning guide of 2012 thermal regulations will be published under the aegis of Enerplan while the solar thermal practical guide will be published in early 2015 by USH.

Increase of the French production of central heating

The total production volume of the sector increased by 7% compared to 2013 which was down by 0.2%. The French market grew according to a recent study of Xerfi despite a strong competition.  According to the same source, the market recovery will mainly be realised in boiler production. This increase will be caused by a growth of the consumer market. This general recovery will compensate the contrasting trends following the categories of devices. The sales of traditional boilers in the industrial sector will decline while those of biomass boilers with automatic loading and condensing boilers will increase.

In a survey among the French relating to equipment enabling them to save energy, 69% of respondents opted for the insulation of windows and the attic. 29% prefer to turn to the replacement of heating equipment by others which are more efficient. 27% opted for the energy control accessories and 21% through the ENR installation of energy solutions.