Carrier has introduced the AquaSnap 30RAP chiller featuring the Greenspeed Intelligence option, which includes variable speed technology. The company says adding Greenspeed Intelligence to a 30RAP chiller will boost integrated part load value, making it a more efficient chiller in its class, serving applications from 10 to 60 tons.
Regal Beloit says its new DEC Star system combines patented technologies of Genteq® HEB blowers and axial flux Genteq motors to improve efficiency for HVAC appliances, and reduce input wattage by 15 to 35% over standard blowers with traditional ECM motors.
Big Ass Fans® unveiled the redesigned LED attachment for the Powerfoil®X2.0 ceiling fan. The LED produces up to 20,700 lumens, equal to the light output of 25 60-watt incandescent bulbs. For spaces that require less light, there are 9,050- and 14,500-lumen configurations available.
Johnson Controls introduced its new TEC3000 Series thermostat controllers. The company claims these direct hardware replacements for TEC2000 Series thermostats reduce installation time by loading all configuration files and parameters at once using a USB stick. The thermostats also offer rapid-speed commissioning by using the USB stick to commission multiple TEC3000s of the same model.
Chromalox has introduced the 1/16 DIN single loop temperature and process controller. The Chromalox model 6060 controller offers such features as two PID sets, multiple inputs and outputs, heat/cool operation, soft start function, self-tuning startup, and optional Modbus/RTU RS485 communications.
Toshiba International Corp. now offers the Energy Star-certified Toshiba G9000 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system in 1000 kVA/1000 kW capacity. The G9000 line of UPSs are true online, double-conversion UPS systems providing power at up to 97% efficiency. The company says this is the largest unit yet in the G9000 product line, and is ready to ship from the manufacturing and engineering facility in Houston.
Armstrong Fluid Technology has introduced a new chiller plant automation system targeted at optimizing the performance of air-cooled chiller plants. The company says the IPC 9511 streamlines plant operations and can lower operating costs. Facility managers and engineers can benefit from this fully field-configurable solution with automation features for constant speed and variable speed configurations.
RBI has introduced the latest edition to its ultra-high efficiency condensing boilers and water heaters. The Infinite Energy2 (IE2) utilizes a state-of-the-art Radial Variable Circulation (RVC) stainless steel heat exchanger for maximum heat transfer and operating efficiencies of up to 98%.
Daikin Applied now offers fan array options for its Vision™ indoor, Skyline™ outdoor, and custom air handlers. Daikin’s fan array options, in combination with the modular air handler design and 2-in cabinet variable dimensioning, provide specifying engineers with a number of configurations for design flexibility.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.