A.O. Smith, the world's largest residential and commercial water heater manufacturer, is off to a rather late if welcome start with heat pump water heaters and solar water heaters.
Since 2005, we've been promoting Fireflux heat pump water heaters and SolarActive solar water heaters coupled with A.O. Smith's hot water storage tanks to elevate energy efficiency in the hotel and resort industry in the Philippines. We've since lead the energy efficient water heating industry with perhaps more than 200 heat pump installations to various hotel chains and three to five star hotels.
The past two years, however, brought the giant that is A.O. Smith into the forefront of renewable energy water heating solutions. A.O. Smith Netherlands started with the development of solar direct and indirect tanks. Meanwhile, A.O. Smith China introduced an award-winning solar heater design for high-rise condominiums. A.O. Smith's purchase of Applied Energy Recovery Systems Inc. (AERS) last year finally brought heat pump technology to the table.
Among A.O. Smith's newest water heaters include the Voltex Hybrid Electric Water Heater, an integral heat pump water heater that makes installing heat pump easy and works as a drop-in replacement to traditional water heaters. A.O. Smith China is also introducing even smaller heat pump water heaters with only 15 to 20 gallon storage capacity, suitable for residential or low volume use. The push to make heat pump technology available with smaller capacities helps in making this environmentally friendly technology more affordable and ubiquitous.
As the distributor of A.O. Smith, we are very excited to see innovations and development of this fast maturing alternative technologies. We've learned a lot the past five years in this complex water heating systems serving the most demanding high profile clients. Now, we hope to leverage as well the technological and manufacturing prowess of A.O. Smith to further spur the country's move towards renewable energy.