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TurboChill™ FreeCool chiller picks up further commendation

TurboChill™ FreeCool chiller picks up further commendation

Date: 08th December 2014  |   Posted by: Airedale Team  |   Posted in: Press release

Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, December 8, 2014

Following on from this year’s DataCenter Dynamics at London Excel which saw a record-breaking number of visitors to the Airedale stand, more than 45% higher than in 2013, the British cooling systems manufacturer has just picked up a further commendation for its TurboChill™ and TurboChill™ FreeCool chiller (200-1830kW) for ‘Sustainable Product of the Year’ in the 2014 HVR Awards.

The first BSI approved chiller with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant R1234ze, the TurboChill™ FreeCool provides industry-leading energy efficiency per footprint available from a centrifugal-based chiller with the capacity to deliver up to twice as much free-cooling as an equivalent thermosiphon system.

The TurboChill™ FreeCool incorporates the ability to supply fully concurrent free-cooling, without break of supply, during the transition from mechanical cooling, unlike equivalent thermosiphon designs. This increases energy efficiency by reducing the need for mechanical (DX) cooling and maximising the part-load efficiencies of components such as EC fans, inverter-driven pumps and centrifugal compressors.

The addition of low GWP hydro-fluoro olefin (HFO) refrigerant R1234ze makes the TurboChill™ a highly sustainable cooling alternative which automatically receives two BREEAM points in recognition of its low global warming impact. HFOs readily break down in the atmosphere within a very short lifetime. Rated by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) with a 100-year GWP lower than 1, better than CO2, R1234ze will break down within just 16.4 days; in contrast R134a has a 100 year GWP of 2088 and takes 14 years to break down.

Airedale Technical Director, George Hannah, said: “The TurboChill™ with R1234ze provides the market with a low GWP chiller alternative well ahead of the impending EU phase-down in the use of hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs). This is likely to see reductions in the supply of the most important F-gases that can be sold in the EU from 2015 onwards and their phasing-down in steps to one-fifth of 2014 sales in 2030.

“The TurboChill™ makes a very valuable combined contribution to the carbon reduction agenda through its outstanding energy efficiency properties and, perhaps more importantly, the excellent low global warming characteristics of R1234ze.”

The TurboChill™ with R1234ze is also shortlisted under ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’ and ‘AC Product of the Year’ in the 2015 ACR News Awards ( By the time the results are announced on 26 February, Airedale will also know if the TurboChill™ with R1234ze has picked up a trophy in the National ACR Awards 2015 ( and CIBSE Building Performance Awards ( Earlier this year, the ground-breaking chiller picked up a commendation in the RAC Cooling Industry Awards.

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