Refrion has released figures to illustrate the performance of its Ecooler dry cooler in a data centre project for a leading UK bank.
The Italian manufacturer says the Ecooler range is designed to meet the growing demand for free cooling applications and combines Refrion's technology of oval tubing and the PADS adiabatic system, with panels made of sheets of corrugated cellulose to humidify the air.
When developers demanded very low sound limits for two new apartment building in London, Cool-Therm worked with contractors to come up with the answer.
Cool-Therm has supplied an ultra-low sound, high efficiency 1.8MW air conditioning solution for a prestigious development of luxury apartments in London’s Westminster.
One of the simplest and most cost effective ways of improving the chiller cabinet’s energy performance is to upgrade the fans from AC to EC. The EC fan concept uses a high efficiency permanent magnet motor, as opposed to the AC induction motor traditionally used.
EC fans incorporate on board electronics which allows control of the power input to the motor, thus achieving the required fan speed. Utilising EC fan technology in chiller cabinets results in far lower running costs than traditional AC fans, and consequently lower ‘life-time costs’.
Upgrading can result in a reduction in energy consumption by up to 70 per cent, giving businesses payback on their investment in as little as two years. Despite this, many stores still rely on older models which are noisy, have high heat load and poor carbon footprint.
By Alan Jackson and Stewart Bonner, BJA Refrigeration Consultants
Refrigeration system energy consumption typically accounts for 50-70% of operators' running costs. Through good practice and taking advantage of available technology, you can reduce the operating costs associated with refrigeration through:
Mike Cook from Pole Star Products and Dr Jun Yao from the University of Lincoln's School of Engineering explain their research into achieving energy savings with fan and motor combinations.
Getting the right airflow from a fan is critical to the overall performance of any refrigeration equipment. Manufacturers run many exhaustive tests to ensure that the correct motor power, speed, fan blade diameter and pitch are selected to give the best overall performance for their piece of equipment. With the introduction of the energy saving EC (electronically commutated) fan motors, many companies are retro-fitting stores refrigeration equipment to achieve much improved energy consumption but are they fitting the correct fan/motor combinations in line with the original equipment design?
With fan exchange & compatibility in mind, Pole Star Products Limited has enlisted the help of (MEng) Mechanical Engineering students at The School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, to build a test facility capable of producing accurate performance data and detailed fan curves. Armed with this data, customers can be sure that the original fans will be replaced with units giving very similar airflow as specified by the original manufacturer. Figure 1 represents typical fan components in service supplied by Pole Star Products Limited.
By Alan Jackson - BJA Refrigeration Consultants
Consultants BJA are reminding businesses that they have to be Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) compliant by 29th January 2016. ESOS means that companies have to audit their energy usage.
Around 3,000 UK businesses have not told the Environment Agency (EA) that they intend to follow the ESOS legislation. If an organisation meets the qualification criteria but fails to follow the legislation, it could face a fine of up to £90,000.
After the deadline, companies that have failed to notify the EA will see enforcement action begin. To encourage businesses, the EA recently sent out informal warnings to organisations that have not advised them they were ESOS compliant. That meant around one third of all businesses eligible for the mandatory scheme received the warning.