More award nominations for cooling specialist Airedale International
Date: 30th October 2014 | Posted by: Airedale Team | Posted in: Press release
Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, October 30, 2014
With no fewer than three major industry awards already under its belt this year British cooling systems manufacturer, Airedale International, is eagerly awaiting further judging outcomes in the hope of adding to the list.
Just announced (30 October) is the shortlist for the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015 on which Airedale’s TurboChill™ and TurboChill™ FreeCool chiller with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant R1234ze is nominated in the ’Energy Saving Product of the Year’ category. The awards, which focus on measured performance rather than design intent or performance specifications, recognise engineering excellence in the built environment.
R1234ze variants of the TurboChill™ and TurboChill™ FreeCool chiller (200-1830kW) combine the benefits of centrifugal compressor part-load efficiency, modulated control, optimised head pressure control and potential for concurrent free-cooling with the addition of hydro-fluoro olefin (HFO) based refrigerant R1234ze to provide a highly sustainable cooling alternative which automatically receives two BREEAM points in recognition of its low global warming impact.
R1234ze has a 100-year GWP lower than 1, better than CO2, and takes just 16.4 days to break down in the atmosphere compared with 14 years for more traditional refrigerants such as R134a. The TurboChill™ FreeCool offers up to twice as much free-cooling as a thermosiphon free-cooling system and can deliver free-cooling for up to 95% of the year (based on a 24/7 data centre with a typical room temperature of 24°C, London, UK) which results in potential energy savings of up to 50% compared with a conventional chiller.
The 2014 Energy Awards similarly aim to reward the achievements of companies in cutting carbon emissions and leading the way in innovative energy use. If successful, Airedale will pick up the title of ‘Energy Efficient Product of the Year HVAC&R’ for either the TurboChill™ and TurboChill™ FreeCool chiller with R1234ze or the SmartCool™ dedicated chilled water (CW) precision air conditioning (PAC) system (11-233kW) when the results are announced on 2 December.
Earlier this year the SmartCool™ CW won ‘Datacentre Energy Efficiency Product of the Year’ and ‘Commercial Building Services Product of the Year’ in the Data Centre Solutions (DCS) and H&V News 2014 awards respectively. Developed to meet demand for a high performance, ultra energy-efficient, dedicated chilled water PAC system, the SmartCool™ delivers up to 30% more cooling kW/m2 when compared with competitor units, keeping footprint to a minimum and freeing up valuable space for IT equipment.
Managing Director, Clive Parkman, said: “Airedale has a very successful track record in the design and manufacture of innovative cooling products. Our NPD team uses the latest CAD platforms and virtual engineering techniques such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis in addition to some of the best in-house R&D facilities in Europe to ensure we continue to pave the way when it comes to high performance, energy-efficient cooling solutions. Being first to launch a production range of fully BSI approved chillers with R1234ze well ahead of the impending changes in EU legislation is a prime example of the commitment of our people to meeting customer needs and we were delighted when John Lewis chose the TurboChill™ for its latest, most sustainable store which opened in York this April 2014.”