It’s over six hours by car from the ebm-papst heating competence center in Landshut and the new location in Lower Saxony. It was chosen for a good reason: It’s close to many big customers and has good infrastructure and access to young talent such as students from the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, which conducts research in electronics and drive engineering. And if there’s a need to consult with our Dutch subsidiary ebm-papst Heating Systems, that’s not far away.
Stephan Wald, head of development at the new facility, is new at ebm-papst but has a lot of experience in the heating sector. He spent many years with a well-known producer of combustion controllers and gas valves, where he was responsible for developing a variety of innovative heating product lines. In his new position, Wald finds the team’s mix appealing: young talent and experienced developers working together to break new ground.
Though there are already electronic and self-calibrating systems on the market, there is still plenty of room for efficiency improvements. The components from Landshut and Osnabrück offer outstanding synergies for advancements in combustion technology. Wald sees an important benefit here: “Free from old ballast and with a wide range of expertise in combustion, electronics, and blower and valve technology, we have a unique opportunity here to find new answers and take this market in new directions.”
Paradigm shift in energy efficiency
Wald compares the move from pneumatic control to electronic gas-air composite systems with the transition from carburetors to electronic injection in combustion engines. Following the system change, there were continuous efficiency improvements in the electronically controlled engines.
Since the opening of the world’s gas markets and the wide range of gas quality and composition that became available as a result, there are many good reasons for smart electronic combustion control that ensures low-emission combustion and optimum energy use. Stephan Wald and his team are on their way.