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Airedale continues string of awards successes

Airedale continues string of awards successes

Date: 01st October 2015  |   Posted by: Airedale Team  |   Posted in: Press release

Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, September 30, 2015

British cooling specialist Airedale International continues to maintain its awards momentum with further nominations and successes just announced.

On 23 September the manufacturer picked up a commendation for ‘Air Conditioning or Heat Pump Innovation of the Year’ for its AireFlow™ indirect adiabatic air handling unit (100-440 kW) in this year’s RAC Cooling Industry Awards. Earlier this year the AireFlow™ was also named ‘Datacentre Cooling Product of the Year’ in the 2015 Data Centre Solutions (DCS) Awards. Developed to provide an ultra-high efficiency solution that addresses the challenges of air handling unit (AHU) cooling, the AireFlow™ is capable of delivering 100% free-cooling under ASHRAE conditions[1] with 32% reduction in air volume, saving fan power input. The aluminium air-to-air heat exchanger significantly increases thermal conductivity over plastic or composites and allows heat transfer to occur without any mixing of indoor and outdoor air, preventing ingress of contaminants and eliminating the need for 100% mechanical or direct expansion (DX) back-up cooling. In addition to significant savings in annualised running costs, further benefits include reduced water consumption, ease of installation and operation, and minimal footprint.

Airedale AireFlow Air Handling Unit

The judges at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards also named client, BAE Systems, a winner in the ‘End User (Non-supermarket) of the Year’ category. Together with energy consultants, Joule Consultants, Airedale helped BAE Systems Warton achieve annual savings of 70-80% on its computer room air conditioning energy costs, equivalent to £350,000 per annum, through a year-long programme of component upgrades, controls integration and system refinements.  It has also enabled BAE Systems to maximise resilience of its installation where critical testing and production of combat and training aircraft is carried out.

BAE Systems Typhoon

Commenting on the increased demand in retrofit work being undertaken by Airedale, UK aftersales manager Adrian Trevelyan, said: “The efficiency savings resulting from a retrofit programme can be substantial, with surprisingly rapid returns on investment. Normally you would expect a payback of 24-30 months on a project of this type but with BAE Systems we achieved this within just 15 months.”

The RAC judges said: “BAE Systems has shown that becoming an intrinsic part of the design process and showing leadership by ensuring that suppliers understand their aims to reduce their carbon footprint and energy use has enabled two significant projects to come to fruition on time and on budget and deliver the projected savings.”  

The large-scale retrofit project is also shortlisted in the ‘Technology’ category in the 2015 Energy Institute awards in addition to ‘Sustainable Project of the Year 2015’ in the HVR Awards.

Airedale Managing Director, Clive Parkman said: “We’ve achieved tremendous success in the last two awards seasons, testimony to our commitment to developing technologies and solutions that set the benchmark in terms of efficiency and resilience and which provide best value for data centre owners and operators.”

For more information about the AireFlow AHU please click here.

To view the BAE Systems case study please click here.

[1] London UK - 26°C supply/35°C return

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