Creating a better indoor environment sometimes takes a revolutionary step and a new way of thinking. The HVACR industry shows no signs of resting on its laurels as the need for greater energy efficiency, IAQ, and sustainability continues to grow. Engineered Systems asked some the winners of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards winners about current trends and what the future of technology looks like.
ClimaCool says it has introduced a modular chiller that harnesses both air and water to achieve simultaneous heating and cooling without geothermal. The product, referred to as the Simultaneous Heating and Cooling Air Cooled Heat Pump with Integral Water to Water Heat Recovery, extends the company’s line of chillers.
Johnson Controls has expanded its YORK line of YLAA Air-Cooled Scroll Chillers up to 200 tons. The company says the extended capacity of the YLAA offers a more cost competitive solution to 200-ton opportunities without sacrificing size, quality, and efficiency.
Two towers of office space were overdue for an efficiency overhaul. A creative and responsive project team cleared some placement and design hurdles for its new central plant, all while remaining qualified for nearly $1 million in utility rebates.
It might seem like an odd objective, but the potential efficiency gains are real. And from heat recovery chillers to modified humidification targets so are the opportunities to replace steam production with hot water generation and to manage remaining steam needs more intelligently.
The production of thermal power is critically important in carrying out the mission of health care facilities where it is used for space heating, humidification, domestic water heating, and for processes in dietary, laundry, and sterilization departments. The age of the hospital, the programs offered, and the regional climate will all affect the demand for thermal power.