Danfoss was presented with the Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award during the Alliance to Save Energy’s 23rd annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency black-tie gala. The dinner and award ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., September 17.

The award recognizes outstanding or unique contributions to energy efficiency with demonstrated, quantifiable, cost-effective energy savings. This year, the award was presented to Danfoss in recognition of its Danfoss Turbocor oil-free, magnetic bearing, variable speed compressor technology for the commercial HVAC market. According to the company, with a compact footprint and oil-free design that reduces maintenance needs and noise, Danfoss Turbocor compressors can improve chiller efficiency by up to 35% compared to a similarly sized fixed-speed screw chiller.

“Danfoss Turbocor Compressors is very passionate about our history as pioneers of world-class oil-free, magnetic bearing, variable speed technology,” remarked Ricardo Schneider, president of Danfoss Turbocor Compressors. “Of all the energy used annually in the U.S., 40% is related to buildings — primarily for heating and cooling. Building energy consumption can have a substantial impact on total national energy use, meaning we need to look at both new construction and the large inventory of existing buildings and consider what can be done to decrease their energy use. This is where Danfoss solutions can play the greatest role, but it’s through our customers’ applications and solutions that our technology has been able to achieve such great results.”

Other 2015 Star of Energy Efficiency Award winners include:

• Built Environment: Cinemark Theatres

• Industry & Manufacturing: L’Oreal USA

• Power Generation & Supply: Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)

• Rising Star of Energy Efficiency — Student: Aurora Winslade, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

• Rising Star of Energy Efficiency — Young Professional: Daniel Hill, co-founder and president of Green Impact Campaign (GIC)

“We are honored to receive this award from the Alliance to Save Energy,” said John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America. “As part of our global Engineering Tomorrow commitment, we are not only dedicated to meeting the increasing need for energy efficiency technologies around the world — like we have been for more than 80 years — but also to investing in research and development so that our customers can depend on us to deliver quality, reliable, and innovative solutions to meet future challenges and standards.”

This is the second time Danfoss has been chosen to receive the Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award, and the second time Danfoss has been recognized this year for its Turbocor compressor technology. In January, the Danfoss Turbocor VTT Series of Compressors received an AHR Expo Innovation Award.