UK: Daikin UK has developed and launched its latest online tool for installers of Split and Sky Air climate control systems.
The new Daikin E-Tool enables customers to generate quotes, calculate return on investment, access technical datasheets and place orders online, from any connected device.
The Daikin E-Tool was created to enable Daikin installer partners to manage their orders for Split and Sky Air domestic and light commercial products from anywhere at anytime.
The online system also includes a three-step order placement process and an online ROI calculator to analyse the running costs of the systems. The E-Tool can also inform installers if the system is eligible for tax deduction through the Government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme for energy-saving technologies.
“The Daikin E-Tool improves the efficiency and speed at which our clients are able to work and ultimately allows them even greater control over their sales processes,” says Matteo Dall’Ombra, Solution Creation Engineer at Daikin UK.
By allowing access to a central hub with a summary of all existing projects, the Daikin E-Tool enables customers to keep an eye on up-to-date Daikin news and additional support services.
Matteo Dall’Ombra explains: “The creation of the Daikin E-Tool system will help our customers to have access to all of their important quote and order information and to run their businesses more smoothly. We encourage any Daikin customers to sign up to the portal as soon as possible so that we can begin to work even closer with them on their next projects.”
After selecting equipment, the new online portal gives Daikin customers direct contact with their sales engineer for advice on their product selection and specification. The ‘Request Engineer Call Back’ facility of the E-Tool means installers can request an immediate call back from their engineer, who will have all of the relevant information on the quotation to hand.
Matteo Dall’Ombra concludes: “As a company, Daikin UK is continually striving to help make our customer’s jobs easier. With the Daikin E-Tool, along with the expertise of our sales and specification teams on larger VRV and chiller projects, we are convinced that we have the right formula to support our customers and encourage even more growth in the UK HVAC industry.”
UAE: What can only be described as a major coup, customs officials in the UAE have seized an illegal haul of refrigerant cylinders estimated to be worth in the region of $270,000 dollars.
The illegal shipments containing some 13,000 cylinders disguised as R404a were reportedly destined for an Asian owned Refrigeration Company.
On seizing the fake cylinders Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers arrested the company owner who confessed that the imported cylinders were indeed fake. He also confessed that he tried to smuggle the cylinders into the country and sell them at full market price throughout the UAE due to shortages, adding it was the first time he had ever tried to smuggle goods into the country.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ali Al Tamimi, Director of Customs Affairs at the port, said the trained customs inspectors at the port managed to identify the fake shipment and stopped it from entering into the country. “The substandard cylinders are very dangerous and could endanger the lives of people.”
UK: Klima-Therm, the expanding chiller and air conditioning specialist, has been appointed a distributor for Chinese manufacturer Gree’s pioneering photovoltaic-powered VRF air conditioning and split systems.
The announcement follows the company’s recent distribution agreement with Gree for centrifugal chillers, and means that Klima-Therm is the only UK supplier of the manufacturer’s full air conditioning range.
As part of its commitment to establish the brand in the UK, Klima-Therm will stock all popular models of Gree VRF and split air conditioning, plus spares. It is expanding its air conditioning team and recruiting new staff to support the roll-out.
Gree’s pioneering direct-drive photovoltaic-powered VRF system is the first commercially available system of its kind in the world. The hybrid solar-electric technology can save end users up to 30per cent of their cooling energy costs.
The units can be used in heat-pump mode to produce heating or hot water - a typical application being to fill a residential storage tank with hot water during the day ready for consumption in the evening.
Conventional PV-powered VRF systems collect solar energy and produce electrical power, feeding it to a DC-AC converter for use by the VRF. Gree’s system uses an advanced power management system to overcome the need for a DC-AC converter, feeding electricity from the PV array directly to the air conditioning system.
This removes the efficiency losses associated with power conversion, boosting the system’s efficiency and cost-effectiveness. When conditions allow, surplus electricity not required for air conditioning can be fed back into the grid, giving end users an income from feed-in tariff, further tilting the economics in favour of PV-powered air conditioning.
Roberto Mallozzi, managing director of Klima-Therm, said: “This latest agreement with Gree means that Klima-Therm is now the only supplier in the UK offering the manufacturer’s full range of industry-leading products.
“The Gree name may not yet be very well known in the UK. However, the company combines impressive scale as a manufacturer – now producing one in three of all air conditioning units sold in the world - with outstanding technical skills and innovation. Many of the leading air conditioning brands trust Gree to manufacture their branded products for them. It demonstrates that the company’s capabilities and quality are beyond reproach.”
Gree operates nine manufacturing plants, seven in China plus facilities in Brazil and Asia. It has capacity to produce some 60m residential air conditioners and 5.5m commercial systems a year.
A core Gree philosophy is to move from “Made in China” to “Created in China”. In pursuit of this, the company manufactures all key components such as compressors and motors. It has 52 research centres and 570 laboratories, employs 8,000 engineers, and holds more than 14,000 technology patents.
Gree spent over £410million on research and development in 2013 alone, and holds CE, UL and TUV certification.
Tim Mitchell, sales director, said: “The market for air conditioning in the UK is changing. We believe that demand for sustainable solutions, that harness renewable energy such as solar power and other sources, is set to increase significantly – not least because of the mandatory requirement to include renewable energy in planning proposals.
“Gree’s PV-powered VRF and centrifugal chillers offer a very attractive approach, on both economic and environmental grounds. And because of Gree’s clever technology, PV-powered systems can operate in UK conditions. We believe these technologies are set to become mainstream options in the very near future – indeed we already have active enquiries. Watch this space!”
INDIA: One person was killed and three others were injured yesterday in an incident at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) headquarters in the province of Dehradun.
According to reports, the four workers who worked for a local air conditioning company were carrying out repairs to an air conditioner when there was a loud explosion and engineer Mahipal Khatri who was working on the compressor at the time fell to the ground and died from his injuries.
All four men were immediately rushed to the ONGC Hospital, where injured Chandra Shekhar Uniyal and Sunil Chaudhary were treated for minor burns whilst Vipin Kumar who had suffered serious burn injuries was rushed to a private hospital.
Giving details, C Naithani, senior sub-inspector, Cantt police station said the incident occurred when the engineers were attempting to remove the compressor from the air conditioner when it suddenly exploded due to a technical fault.
ONGC later announced it will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased engineer and meet the entire treatment expense of the injured.
UK: Experts attending the recent RAC F-Gas Question Time have sent out a stark warning to industry saying they should act ‘sooner rather than later’ and make the switch to lower-GWP refrigerants or risk being left out in the cold with soaring refrigerant prices.
The warning comes following the introduction of the new F-Gas regulation in January relating to the phase-down and quotas system introduced for refrigerant manufacturers. As quotas are based on CO2 equivalent, higher-GWP gases like R404A and R410A will become scarce over the coming years, with one expert predicting increases from ten to twenty times what they are now.
Graham Wright, Legislation Specialist at Daikin UK Ltd said: “In my nearly 30-year career, I have seen the move from R22 to R407 to R410 to R32 and it is clear that the goalposts in Europe are going to keep moving. What always surprises me though is why the industry always waits to the last minute to do anything about it.
“As a representative of the manufacturers let me say, if we all wait to the deadline, we are going to be in trouble. From where I am looking I can easily see the price of R410A going up to ten maybe twenty times what it is now.
“I am not trying to scaremonger - it stands to reason that the quicker people move to lower-GWP gases, the less it will cost them.”
Consultant Ray Gluckman said, “The big challenge is around the phase-down. We start at 100 per cent this year and step down from there.
“Next year and the year after there will be a 7 per cent cut in quota, which is not massive. But in 2018 we see a massive 37 per cent cut – this is only the headline number, because there is roughly a further 10 per cent cut in sales resulting from pre-charge controls.”
Ray Gluckman recommended four ‘core actions’ to reduce HFC consumption:
UK: Cool Designs Ltd, the expanding Toshiba distributor, has announced record results following the continued success of its strategic growth plan. The company has doubled in size since 2009, with some 40 per cent of the growth in air conditioning sales achieved over the past two years.
CDL began in Sunderland and expanded into the North West with a base in Warrington following early success. More recently, it has opened branches at East Kilbride in Scotland, and Cannock in the Midlands.
“Having established a successful Blueprint, we are now turning attention to London and the South West,” says Darrel Birkett, managing director and founder of CDL.
“We see huge opportunities as a result of continuing major development projects, which lends themselves to the kind of technology we offer and our technical approach.”
The company has a strong core business in the leisure sector, and is now building on this by targeting expansion in commercial offices. This is being helped by a trend in the market away from traditional chilled water solutions to VRF-based heat recovery systems.
Darrel Birkett says: “Toshiba’s developments in the high efficiency heat recovery VRF area have helped drive this, and it gives us a significant edge in the market. The manufacturer’s plans to launch the next generation of VRF later this year, the SMMS-E, are exciting and will open up further opportunities.”
In anticipation of a strong summer, CDL has invested in new warehousing and stock holding at its Warrington site, doubling capacity. It is launching a special promotion on wall-mounted split systems to capitalise on current growth in the sector. As part of this initiative, it is putting a particular focus on Toshiba’s new smaller digital inverter units, recently added to the range.
The company’s best-selling air conditioning unit in volume terms is Toshiba’s high-wall RAV-SM806KRT, due to its flexibility and performance for use in comfort cooling applications and server rooms.
People and training are a key part of the growth plan, including the appointment of an additional projects engineer and two external sales engineers. It recently opened a new air conditioning training centre in Glasgow, to serve installers North of the Border.
The company is a strong supporter of local charities in the regions it operates, supporting the All-Star Football Charity, St Luke’s Hospice Cheshire, Cahonas Scotland, the Newcastle United Foundation and the Newcastle Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund.
CDL is planning a series of charitable events and initiatives over the year, linking its support with continued growth and business success.
ITALY: Marco Buoni, Vice-President of the Air conditioning Refrigeration European Association looks ahead to next weeks XVI European Conference in Milan-EXPO2015.
In developing countries, 40% of produce is wasted during transportation or during sowing, harvesting or distribution before arriving to consumers and in developed countries this shocking percentage is reduced to 10%.
Our sector could once again help reach the goal of the zero hunger challenge and determine the fate of our planet. The sector has already been able to win the battle to reduce the hole in the Ozone Layer, which was responsible for increased rates of skin cancer and cataracts, and we are now fighting against climate change.
In the midst of global transformations, the United Nations, FAO and Centro Studi Galileo are launching the theme of the Universal Exhibition EXPO2015 Milan “Feeding the Planet thanks to Refrigeration”
To fulfil this aim, the prestigious agencies of United Nations FAO, UNEP and UNIDO (Food and Agricolture Organization of United Nations, United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Organization) have joined Centro Studi Galileo (CSG), the European Energy Centre (EEC) and the Italian Association of Refrigeration Technicians (ATF), to cover in technical detail the current revolution, which will facilitate the distribution of food in developing countries.
ATF together with CSG have over the last few years been deeply involved in helping developing countries improve living conditions, by improving refrigeration and air conditioning systems and processes, through capacity building and training technicians to install, repair, maintain and design numerous projects with United Nations in Africa and Asia (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Tunisia, Eritrea, Benin, Bahrain, Sri Lanka etc…)
The huge changes in the refrigerant gas industry will involve the entire cooling sector through a far-reaching revolution.
We have the duty to find technological solutions to reduce and fight against environmental issues also related to energy efficiency, in order to benefit the consumer and the whole society. Our sector is vital to improve comfortable living standards (air conditioning) and to end food poverty (refrigeration).
Therefore at the XVI European Conference in Milan-EXPO2015 we will speak about innovative technologies such as magnetic refrigeration, the use of solar energy, new heat pumps using CO2, reduction of refrigerant charging, the use of turbo in refrigeration, CO2 transcritical in warm climates, and many more….
We will discuss new refrigerants, which are a means to improve systems to guarantee the best comfort for our society.
The entire world is looking to Europe to provide guidance, and all of Europe is looking to Milan, to Politecnico and EXPO2015, for the XVI EU Conference, which will explain the latest transformations in our continent and share our knowledge with the rest of the world, for the wellbeing of the planet.
The conference is being held from June 12-13 at the Politecnico di Milano and the EXPO2015.
Themes will include: The change and evolution in refrigerants, Refrigerant Change vs Climate Change, The revolution of refrigerants and Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems, Ground Zero of Refrigerants: The end of R404 and R507, Feeding the Planet thanks to Refrigeration.
UK: Camfil, the world leader in air filtration technology, has launched the most energy efficient bag filter, the Hi-Flo F7 50+.
The new Hi-Flo II is a new and enhanced version of Camfil’s award winning Hi-Flo low energy air filter. Featuring aerodynamic pockets for optimised performance, the new low energy air filters have been rated A+ by Eurovent. It saves up to £30 per year for every installed filter. FMs and Energy Managers and building owners will be able to meet the much tougher requirements for energy savings specified in Eurovent’s 2015 energy efficiency classification system for air filters.
Bill Wilkinson, Managing Director, Camfil UK said:
“The new Energy Saver Hi-Flo filter from Camfil is a major ‘quick win’ for switched on Energy Managers and FMs. The pay backs within revenue budgets are typically less than 3 months and air filters are designed to be changed, unlike other components within the ventilation system, so consequently do not put any pressure on capital budgets when upgrading to low energy air filters”.
Eurovent – The new classification for air filters
Eurovent‘s new, objective energy efficiency classification has now been implemented. Today all air filters can be graded from A+ to E. The grade A+ stands for the lowest energy consumption and E for the highest.
About the new Hi-Flo II
The top model, M7 in filter class F7, has received the highest rating from Eurovent (A+) for its outstandingly low energy consumption. In addition to saving more energy, the filtration efficiency of the new Hi-Flo II M7 is significantly higher than the performance demands for equivalent filters in EN779:2012, the European standard for general ventilation filters.
HVAC systems heat cool and clean the air distribution within some 200,000 buildings in the UK. That’s approximately 7,300 organisations consuming 35% of the UK’s energy consumption. The Federation of European Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Associations have estimated that within the EU there is a potential annual saving of 5TWh available by switching to Low Energy Air Filters. This would equate to £500 MILLION OF ENERGY SAVINGS IN THE UK.
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About Camfil Group
Camfil is the global industry leader in clean air solutions with more than 50 years of experience. Our solutions protect people, processes and the environment to benefit human health, increase performance, and reduce and manage energy consumption. Twenty-five manufacturing plants, six R&D sites and over 65 local sales offices worldwide provide service and support to our customers. The Camfil Group is headquartered in Sweden but more than 95% of sales are international. The Group has around 3,700 employees and sales in the range of SEK 5.5 billion.
For more information visit www.camfil.co.uk
SPECIAL FEATURE: Adande Chairman, Nigel Bell, looks at the implications for refrigerated retail display equipment manufacturers and suppliers, of the European Commission’s draft regulations for mandatory energy labels on supermarket cabinets.
Necessity is the mother of invention and today this old adage is particularly apposite for manufacturers and suppliers of refrigerated retail display equipment. In their quest for energy saving solutions, which cut their carbon footprints, retailers have challenged the industry with developing new technologies. The situation has been further compounded for manufacturers by the imminent introduction of the European Commission’s regulations for mandatory A to G energy labels on supermarket refrigerated display cabinets. In the USA, the Department of Energy has enforced minimum efficiency requirements on supermarket display cabinets since 2012.
MANUFACTURERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CERTIFYING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Scheduled for introduction in January 2017, the regulations place a responsibility on manufacturers to test cabinets to the industry standard EN23953, the updated version of which will be published in 2016. Manufacturers, or suppliers if the cabinet is produced outside of the EU, will be required to confirm that their products meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements and make a declaration to that effect, producing and maintaining technical documentation for each product they have tested. They will need to affix a CE marking sign ‘visibly, legibly and indelibly’ on the product, on the packaging or on the documentation accompanying the product. It will be incumbent upon manufacturers to provide printed and electronic labels and data to dealers. Reference to the appropriate label class, for each specific model, will also be required in advertisements and promotional material. From January 2017, refrigerated display cabinets failing to meet the minimum energy efficiency standards will not be approved for use in European Community countries. More stringent minimum energy efficiency requirements will follow in 2019 and again in 2021.
In addition, the draft regulations state that all cabinets will need to be capable of meeting their relevant temperature class, for example M1, L1 or H. Equipment that cannot meet its temperature class requirement will not be able to be allocated an energy label and, as a result, will not be allowed to be used within the European Community.
SELF-CERTIFICATION SUBJECT TO INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION
Whilst manufacturers and suppliers may self-certify refrigerated displays as meeting the energy efficiency regulations, such claims will be subject verification and testing by the relevant enforcement authority; in the UK it will be the
National Measurement Office (NMO). Should a product fail initial and confirmation tests, the NMO prefers to seek a voluntary resolution with the supplier. However, the enforcement agency will usually make the manufacturer or supplier pay for the testing and can impose fines for false declarations. The NMO may also impose criminal sanctions and prohibit products from the market. As enforcement authorities from EU nations work together closely, it is likely that a ban in one EU country would be enforced across the whole community.
There is little doubt that many existing open front multi deck refrigerated cabinet designs will comply with the draft minimum energy efficiency requirements to be introduced in 2017. However, only the most efficient refrigerated cabinets, on the market today, are expected to meet and exceed the requirements to be laid down in 2021. Manufacturers, both inside and outside of the EU, will need to focus on re-engineering their existing designs and/or incorporating new technologies to improve energy efficiency and meet the 2021 regulations. How they do so remains to be seen.
GLASS DOORS ARE NOT THE ENERGY SAVING PANACEA
Whilst some equipment manufacturers have employed glass doors on open front multi deck refrigerated display cases as a means of making energy savings, it is becoming increasingly apparent that glass doors are not necessarily the perfect solution, in all retail environments. Indeed, the Carbon Trust Refrigeration Road Map, produced with the Institute of Refrigeration, even questions the value of glass doors in high traffic stores: “The levels of energy saving claimed vary considerably and must be related to the level of use of the cabinet. Cabinets with doors undergoing higher usage have been shown to save little energy when compared to an open-fronted cabinet…”
At Adande, we have designed and developed the unique and patented Aircell airflow management system. Aircell is designed for open front, refrigerated multi deck cabinets, to deliver energy savings, temperature stability and improved customer comfort levels. Independent tests have confirmed that Aircell delivers energy savings of up to 30% compared with conventional displays. We currently have refrigerated cabinets, incorporating Aircell technology, on trial at a Tesco store, where they are used for the display of sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks. The recent announcement that we will receive grant aid of £2.1 million and a loan of £380,000, as part of a £4.2 million project for the further development of Aircell, is testament to its potential.
Glass doors and Aircell are not the only options being explored and trialed by equipment manufacturers and we can only assume, that in light of the forthcoming regulations, there will be other new technologies introduced, in the months and years ahead.
NO ALTERNATIVE TO COMPLIANCE
The imminent introduction of the EU regulations also affords retailers the opportunity to engage with suppliers and new technology providers to develop solutions, which meet their engineering and merchandising requirements. Such cooperation will ensure that manufacturers produce fit for purpose solutions, within a limited time frame, which are of genuine benefit to retailers and their customers.
At this stage, it is not clear whether glass doors, Aircell or other technologies will become the preferred option for manufacturers and retailers seeking the holy grail of reduced energy consumption and compliance with forthcoming EU regulations. One thing that is certain is that equipment manufacturers and suppliers are going to have to take the EU labelling regulations seriously and many will need to take significant action to ensure that their products meet the stringent minimum energy efficiency requirements.
The message is clear – there is no alternative to compliance.
NEW YORK: Midtown Manhattan was thrown into chaos yesterday morning when a crane manoeuvring an air conditioning unit into position dropped its payload into the street where 10 people were injured from flying debris.
According to eye-witness reports the 4-ton air conditioning unit was being craned into the skyscrapers roof-top plantroom early Sunday morning when the cranes rigging snapped causing the unit to come crashing down hitting the building several times on the way down and extensive damage.
Authorities said a full investigation is underway. Streets were closed in the surrounding area, but officials hoped to have them open again by Monday morning's rush hour.