InstallerSHOW spotlight: elemental meets Rinnai’s Chris Goggin

InstallerSHOW 2024

elemental caught up with Rinnai’s Operations Director, Chris Goggin, to talk new heat pumps, DME and the ambition for electrification.

How have you enjoyed InstallerSHOW this year?

The show’s been excellent as always, it’s really well-organised with quite an eclectic mix of commercial and domestic individuals, and a range of speakers that are really interesting for consumers, installers and manufacturers alike.

You’ll have spoken to a lot of people at the show. What is everyone talking about?

There’s definitely been more of a commercial element to what people have been speaking about, particularly how we get around the nuances of commercial buildings from a practical, economical and technically-feasible means. There have been lots of conversations around heat pumps, heat pump hybrids and also how we might even integrate gaseous fuels into that mix as well.

Do these conversations reflect the wider trends that are happening in the industry? 

I think there is a bit of a tipping point within the industry where individuals and companies – particularly end users – are beginning to realise that a mix of solutions would be the right way forward. We’re finding a lot of interest in our R290 heat pump range for obvious reasons, but also how we integrate those hybrid systems.

Rinnai has a wide range of technology on offer. Is there anything that you’re especially excited about, either from your own portfolio or a particular tech that you think will take centre stage in the coming months?

Rinnai’s brand ethos is to create healthier living, so we’re in essence technology agnostic through heat pumps, hybrids and electric equipment. Our DME is something we’re working on and we’re pretty excited about because that would be the next iteration of off grid fuels. That’s a fairly new thing for the industry and for us to talk about, along with the hydrogen debate that’s ongoing.

As always, there’s been lots of talk about the challenges of decarbonisation. In your view what are some of the biggest obstacles that the industry is facing here?

The biggest obstacles that I see the industry facing is the nuances of building stuff. We’ve been put in a position where we have a government that have created a technology-versus-technology debate, when realistically it’s an energy level debate. Can we electrify the system greatly enough to supply the complete demand, and can we produce low carbon gases that can support that? And in the middle of all that is a very nuanced building style, so we have to find practical, economical and technically-viable solutions for the wide range of buildings that exist.

What’s in store for Rinnai in the coming year?

We’ve got the release of a new heat pump range, our R290 heat pump portfolio, and we’re also moving much more into applied sales. We’ll be introducing a much wider range of heat pumps and hybrids from 200 kilowatts right up to 600 kilowatts. There’s lots to look forward to.