A pioneer for geothermal systems and heat pumps
Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Ellis pioneered innovation for those using geothermal systems and heat pumps. By the time he joined ClimateMaster in 1995, he had emerged as a top industry developer, with ideas for software and system design.
The ClimateMaster president recently received the Ritter von Rittinger Medal at the International Energy Association’s Heat Pump Conference in Montreal. It’s the highest international award in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration field, honoring individuals or teams that have distinguished themselves in the advancement of heat pump technology, applications and market development activities with lasting international impact.
The prestige is something of a rarity, only handed out every three years by the International Energy Agency Heat Pump Program. Ellis was one of five people to receive this year’s award.
“ClimateMaster’s relentless pursuit of technological and marketing innovation and our long-standing commitment to industry stewardship have no doubt made this award possible,” he said.
Ellis has been an active contributor to the heat pump industry beyond his work with ClimateMaster. He is an ardent industry advocate, having led the effort that resulted in the current U.S. federal tax incentives for geothermal heat pumps.
Ellis serves as chairman of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Water-Source Heat Pump sub-section and is currently a director-at-large on the AHRI board. He chairs the TC86/SC6 subcommittee within the International Standards Organization (ISO), which is responsible for air-conditioner and heat pump rating standards.