Fujitsu helping to keep HMS Belfast shipshape

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Published: 26 April 2018


fujitsu vrf heat pump air conditioning system HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museum and is moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge
HMS Belfast has had its air conditioning system upgraded, with the addition of three 4-way compact cassettes and a wall-mount from Fujitsu.

The new indoor units have been installed onto the existing Airstage J-IIS two-pipe heat pump VRF system, also from Fujitsu, in the lower deck sleeping quarters. The equipment proved to be so successful that a second J-IIS system was recently installed adjacent to the first.
fujitsu vrf heat pump air conditioning system HMS BelfastThe new indoor units have been installed in the lower deck sleeping quarters
Moored on the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museum and welcomes many visitors all year round. The lower deck sleeping quarters are particularly popular, as they are frequently used by students and schoolchildren during educational visits, as well as overnight stays (as part of the ‘Kip in a Ship’ experience). Up to 52 children can stay in this area overnight, where they can immerse themselves in the ship’s history by sleeping in real sailors’ bunks.
 
The owners of the vessel identified the ambient temperatures in the lower deck sleeping quarters as too low in winter and too high in summer, so new equipment was installed by Gravesend-based NBC (Air Conditioning), using the existing air conditioning pipework on board.
 
Jason Canning, Managing Director of NBC, said: “Fujitsu air conditioning units had already been fitted on HMS Belfast previously, so it seemed an obvious choice to replace the existing system with the latest, most up-to-date, energy efficient products. The installation was straightforward, especially as we were able to re-use the existing pipework, so we soon had the space up to the required ambient temperature. I’m also delighted to report the client is pleased with the result and will continue to use Fujitsu for any further upgrades or replacement of air conditioning equipment.”
 
The new units have been installed in an open exposed arrangement, ensuring all the cassette units are suspended in the positions of the original models. The original infrared controls have also been replaced by touchscreen versions, which are hardwired to each indoor unit. The controls are set up in a master/slave arrangement, ensuring the two pipe heat pump VRF system can run either in ‘all heating’ or ‘all cooling’ mode.
 
Fujitsu’s AUXB18GALH 4-way compact cassette units offer cooling capacities of 5.6kW and heating up to 6.3kW. Elsewhere, the  ASYA09GACH wall-mounted AC unit boasts 2.8kW of cooling and a heating capacity of up to 3.2kW.
 
For more information visit the Fujitsu website.

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The Fujitsu units were added to the existing Airstage J-IIS two-pipe heat pump VRF system