UK: Klima-Therm and Gree have won a prestigious international award for the world’s first photo-voltaic-powered centrifugal chiller.
The International Achievement of the Year Award 2015 was presented to Klima-Therm’s Roberto Mallozzi and Gree’s Sam Chen at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Hilton on London’s Park Lane, at the recent Cooling Industry Awards.
Harnessing light to power air conditioning is not new. However, the judges said the PV-powered centrifugal chiller represented a breakthrough in terms of the degree of integration required between the PV system and the chiller / heat pump.
The team had to overcome significant technical challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of large PV-based chillers in the past. The machine consists of three main components: the photovoltaic system, an inverter-driven centrifugal chiller, and an integrated power control system.
Crucially, DC power generated by the PV is used directly to drive the chiller, under the management of an on-board power control system. This direct PV power approach increases efficiency by between 6-8 per cent, compared with a conventional grid-connected PV generation plant and air conditioning system.
Roberto Mallozzi said: “It opens the way for the use of PV-powered air conditioning as a mainstream technology. With cooling capacity measured in MW rather than kW, it brings solar-energy powered air conditioning within reach for large or multi-storey buildings with higher cooling demands.
“What is particularly exciting is that it makes possible adoption of PV-powered systems in relatively high northern latitudes, such as the UK.”
He added: “When you consider the number of major buildings planned for construction in London alone over the next five years, not to mention the replacement market for aging centrifugal chillers installed in the Seventies and Eighties, it is not hard to appreciate the enormous potential.
“As part of our armoury of renewable energy solutions, PV-based chillers offer an exceptional opportunity to reduce the industry’s energy use, minimise carbon emissions and dramatically cut running costs for end users.”
For more details, contact: Tim Mitchell, Klima-Therm, email email@example.com, tel 07967 030737.
UK: A new high efficiency air conditioning system installed at Thorpe Park in Leeds is equipped with Toshiba’s new generation of touch-screen Smart Touch controllers.
The state-of-the-art interface gives engineers and building managers immediate access to system controls, set points and a comprehensive range of diagnostic and analytical tools, via a full-colour high definition screen.
The open-plan building is cooled and heated by a Toshiba SHRM-i three-pipe heat recovery VRF system, with a two-pipe SMMS-i VRF heat pump system serving separate administration areas.
The system, supplied by Cool Designs Ltd and installed by HLA Services, has five outdoor condensing units with 47 mainly ducted indoor units delivering up to 416kW of cooling capacity.
It replaces an aging chilled water-based system that was struggling to maintain conditions, given high heat loads and solar gain to the building.
A key element of the design brief was a requirement to deliver high quality, stable comfort conditions for building occupants. The project was made more challenging by the nature of the open-plan, multi-storey work space, which has a high central atrium.
Cool Designs worked closely with HLA to produce detailed heat load calculations for the building, and then created a system design using Toshiba’s new pipework and wiring software package.
Chris Oldroyd, who headed the project for CDL, said: “The design plays to the respective strengths of the Toshiba VRF heat pump and heat recovery systems, making the most of the opportunity for heat recovery in order to reduce running costs and carbon emissions.”
Paul Smith, who headed the project for HLA Services, said: “CDL’s Toshiba-based design provided a flexible, high quality and efficient solution, with the new Toshiba Smart Touch Controller interface enabling quick access to set up the system, and monitor and control it once commissioned.”
UK: Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a new replacement grille for air conditioning units, which automatically lowers the grille on any ceiling mounted cassette up to 4 metres high. Meaning that filters can be cleaned by non-skilled workers to reduce maintenance costs and improves health and safety by removing the need for ladders or towers.
According to the Health & Safety Executive over half a million working days were lost in 2014 due to falls from heights so finding ways to reduce risk is important for everyone.
The PLP-6BAJ grille is easy to fit as a replacement for any of Mitsubishi Electric’s PLA, or standard size PLFY models of 4 way blow cassettes.
Watch this short video demonstrating how the system works.
The grille is available immediately and can be controlled from a PAR31 controller or the remote control that comes with the grille. It is straightforward to use and includes an automatic lowering function to simplify filter maintenance and help maintain energy efficiency.
Keeping the filters clean saves on energy use and reduces the stains and smudges on ceiling tiles caused when filters become dirty.
UK: Arctic Circle was honoured to receive a visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent whilst visiting Hereford last week. His Royal Highness was given a tour of the privately owned British Refrigeration Manufacturers facility, which boasts a multitude of diverse and innovative low carbon refrigeration and heat transfer technologies being adopted by some of the leading UK food retailers.
The Duke of Kent spent more than an hour at the company’s headquarters in Hereford meeting employees and touring the facility, after being invited by Debbie Gittoes, owner and founder of Arctic Circle, to unveil a plaque to commemorate the Royal Visit.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent unveils a plaque to commemorate his visit to Arctic Circle in Hereford.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by Debbie Gittoes, who commenced the tour by explaining about the company’s history, development and growth, and providing insight into how the company continues to be at the for-front of innovation when it comes to new and developing cooling and heating technologies.
Among those who The Duke of Kent met and chatted with was apprentice James Oddie, who explained about the company’s apprenticeship scheme, which commences with a year at Herefordshire Group Training Asscociation and then a further three years training on all aspects of the company’s engineering disciplines, before continuing the professional career development that Arctic Circle offers all of its’ employees.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent discusses the company’s apprenticeship scheme with James Oddie.
The Duke of Kent was then taken on a tour of the factory floor where he took time out to speak to some of the engineering workforce involved in the mechanical and electrical build process, whilst witnessing at first-hand the assembly of one of the many CO₂ transcritical refrigeration packs currently in production for UK supermarkets.
Debbie Gittoes gives His Royal Highness an insight into the use of Natural Refrigerants in Supermarket Refrigeration
The Duke of Kent’s last stop involved a visit to the company’s Natural Refrigerant Technology Centre (NRTC), a state of the art facility set up for the development of natural CO₂ and hydrocarbons refrigeration systems. The Duke of Kent was provided with further insight into the changing face of Supermarket refrigeration and the industry’s drive in moving to low-GWP and alternative refrigerants following the introduction of the new European F-Gas Regulation, and the phase-down of high-GWP refrigerants.
Commenting on the visit Managing Director, Debbie Gittoes said, “I hope that HRH found the visit interesting and informative. The Duke of Kent was particularly interested in our training programme and apprenticeship scheme. It is our thirty year anniversary next month and this visit was a good opportunity to showcase the business.”
Rounding off the visit, The Duke of Kent was treated to an Exhibition of the history behind the Royal Ordnance Munitions Factory at Rotherwas in Herefordshire, where some 12,000 men and women worked during the first and second World Wars.
The High Sheriff of Herefordshire Edward Harley and the Mayor of Hereford Cllr Charles Nicholls were also among the dignitaries for the royal visit of the facility.
UK: Daikin UK is offering VRV installers the chance to win a Classic Drive of a Lifetime through Tuscany in spring 2016. The first 30 installation companies to order 10 VRV systems before the 31st December 2015 will secure a place on the trip.
Winners will be driving classic sports cars through the hairpin bends and hilltop towns of the Chianti region from Bologna to Florence in a selection of rare marques such as a 1971 Jaguar E Type, 1954 Austin Healey Roadster and 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra.
The journey includes an epic drive along part of the famous Mille Miglia road racing route, where Alfa Romeo and Ferrari battled it out to the 1000 mile finish line, as well as a private tour of the Ferrari Museum and test track in Maranello, the birthplace of a truly iconic marque.
Installers can order from the entire VRV range to count towards their qualifying 10 units – and now there are even more options than ever before to suit all applications.
PRODUCT UPDATE: Following extensive trials and consultation, Daikin has now approved Reflok’s Mechanical Jointing and Aluminium pipe system for use in the installation of their air conditioning and heating systems.
Daikin’s approval comes following the growing demand for the use of alternative methods of jointing and piping to eliminate the need for of hot works on site, particulary where a customers’ specification can be restrictive with it's use.
Howard Noble, Managing Director of Reflok (Europe) said “This is great news for Reflok who has been approached many times by contractors asking if use of its pipe system would invalidate the Daikin’ warranty terms. On the day Daikin approved the use of alternative pipework a contractor immediately ordered Reflok for an installation.”
In a statement Daikin said they will continue to maintain its manufacturers warranty on air conditioning and heating systems using these alternative methods providing the following criteria are met:
Reflok has a range of fittings that allow direct connection to Daikin’s Refnets allowing a true ‘heat free’ installation.
Reflok is also available from international stockists. To find a distributor near you visit www.reflok.com/reflok-distributors
UK: Cool-Therm, the expanding chiller and air conditioning specialist, has opened a new South of England office to serve the expanding London, South East and Home Counties market.
Headed by Steve Soffe, Southern region manager, the new branch is located at East Malling Business Centre. The Bristol headquartered company now operates five branches across the UK, the other outlets being in Cardiff, Reading, Birmingham and Manchester.
The new branch has got off to a flying start, recently securing in excess of £1.5m worth of chiller orders.
This includes orders for nine Turbomiser chillers for a data centre, three Turbomisers for a commercial building, two bespoke ultra low-noise chillers for a multi-storey residential development, and a chiller for a replacement project at a Hilton Hotel in central London.
Ken Strong, managing director of Cool-Therm, says: “London and some surrounding areas are undergoing something of a mini-boom, with significant opportunities for both new and replacement air conditioning projects. Our new office is ideally located to serve our expanding customer base in the region.
“Multi-storey developments planned for the former industrial areas alongside the Thames are particularly exciting, as they include both high-end residential apartments and associated retail and leisure developments, all requiring air conditioning. Given sensitivity to noise for such inner city projects, our proven low noise, low energy Turbomiser is an extremely attractive solution.”
The company has recently developed an ultra-low noise version of its already-quiet Turbomiser, capable of operating down to 51dBA at 10m, making it one of the quietest chillers in the world.
It features Cool-Therm’s new Hush-Tec technology, which uses noise attenuating towers positioned over each condenser fan, lead-insulated refrigerant discharge lines, and full acoustic encapsulation of compressors.
Ken Strong says: “The sound of birds singing in a field in the countryside is can be louder than the new Hush-Tec equipped Turbomisers. This is quite an achievement, and lends itself perfectly to inner city high-end residential apartments and office developments where noise is a critical factor.”
Cool-Therm’s new Southern office can be contacted on 07510 323148, 01732 321885, email firstname.lastname@example.org
UK: Leading temporary cooling and heating specialist, Carrier Rental Systems has secured a contract to supply temporary cooling, heating and ventilation for a high profile film studio project.
A major production company has converted a factory building in London into individual sections to create a film set along with workshops, dressing rooms and a technical centre. Each of the six separate spaces required its own heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) services to maintain optimum conditions for film crews, performers and technical equipment.
“Because of the age of the building, there was no existing HVAC infrastructure,” said Simon Ward, national events manager, Carrier Rental Systems. “The client asked us to equip the site with high-efficiency temporary HVAC services so it can operate to full, modern standards during the 39-week film production period.”
Carrier Rental Systems supplied rooftop-mounted chillers and indirect fired units for space heating and a 100kW boiler to supply hot water to air handling units. The company, which also installed and commissioned the plant, supplied the building with a number of portable heaters to provide comfort in specific areas.
Due to the importance of maintaining a clean, dust-free atmosphere during construction, porous fabric ducting was used to supply low velocity air in order to avoid entrainment of fine air-borne particles.
Carrier Rental Systems’ solution included a remote control system enabling crew to switch the plant on and off when the stage set is being used. When turned on again after a take, the supply of cool air is instantly restored without noise or vibration affecting production.
USA: Honeywell's new Solstice refrigerant for supermarket refrigeration has been named a finalist for the R&D 100 Awards, sponsored by R&D Magazine.
Often referred to as the "Oscars of Invention," the R&D 100 Awards honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. Evaluated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Solstice N40 (R-448A) refrigerant replaces high-global-warming refrigerants in supermarket applications. It is part of a growing line of Solstice products for applications ranging from auto air conditioning to highly-energy efficient appliance and building insulation, that have significantly lower global warming potential.
"Naming Solstice N40 a finalist for this award recognizes more than a decade of research and investment that resulted in new solutions to help end customers lower their greenhouse gas impact while complying with new and anticipated regulations," said George Koutsaftes, refrigerants business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. "In addition to its lower environmental impact, Solstice N40 is highly energy efficient, giving supermarket owners an added benefit."
"This was a particularly strong year for research and development, led by many outstanding technologies that broadened the scope of innovation," said R&D Magazine Editor Lindsay Hock. "We are honored to recognize these products and the project teams behind the design, development, testing, and production of these remarkable innovations and their impact in the field."
Solstice N40 refrigerant, also known as R-448A, has a global warming potential (GWP) that is 68 percent lower than R-404A. In supermarket trials conducted in the U.S. and Europe, Solstice N40 demonstrated at least 3 percent lower energy consumption in low-temperature applications and 5 to 16 percent lower energy consumption in medium-temperature refrigeration compared with R-404A. In R-22 retrofit scenarios, Solstice N40 delivers similar system performance. Whether replacing R-22 or R-404A, Solstice N40 is a near drop-in replacement for supermarkets. Solstice N40 is nonflammable (ASHRAE A1) and non-ozone-depleting.
Global regulators are increasingly moving to phase out high-global-warming refrigerants and, on July 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published landmark regulations that will phase out the use of many hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. The new regulation, effective July 2016, will require supermarkets, largest consumers of the HFC refrigerant R-404A in the U.S., to discontinue its use as a retrofit refrigerant. R-404A will also not be permitted for use in new supermarkets beginning January 1, 2017.
Solstice N40 was nominated by the publication in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category.
The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on November 13.
USA: A-Gas International, a market leader in the supply of refrigerants has announced that A-Gas Americas has bought Refri-Claim, the reclamation division of ICOR International. Refri-Claim, a certified Environmental Protection Agency refrigerant reclaimer, has a network of distributor-based exchange centres across the USA that provides an over-the-counter refrigerant cylinder exchange service for customers.
A-Gas Americas Chief Executive Monte Roach said: “This acquisition is a part of our core strategy of managing the complete lifecycle of refrigerants for our customers. It will allow A-Gas to broaden its footprint and enhance its services’ offering to our wholesale partners, their contractors, end-users and other customers.”
A-Gas will take over the existing Refri-Claim customer base. All refrigerant cylinder stock, reclamation and refurbishment equipment will be transferred to A-Gas where it will relocate its operations in Magnolia, Texas.
The Refri-Claim over-the-counter cylinder exchange program provides customers with back-up refrigerant cylinders and handles the paperwork associated with recertification.
For more information on A-Gas Americas visit www.agasamericas.com