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Teknotherm Marine España S.L. (Teknotherm) has landed its first new building contract. Teknotherm Marine España S.L. will deliver the complete HVAC maintenance and service, including installation work, on a suction dredger, to be built by Nodosa Shipyard. HVAC service for Omvac Catorce Nodosa Shipyard will build and design the 63.3 meters dredger, called Omvac Catorce, for Canlemar. Canlemar is dedicated to carrying out all kinds of maritime works, such as deepening and maintenance dredging in ports and bays, and construction of docks. Omvac Catorce is the third dredger that Canlemar has ordered with Nodosa Shipyard. Omvac Catorce will have a dredging capacity of 1200 m3 and a dredging depth of 30 m. The ship accommodates a crew of 10. The ship will comply with the IMO TIER III regulations of the International Maritime Organization, regarding the control and reduction of polluting and greenhouse emissions. With its adaptation to these regulations, this dredger will be able to navigate and operate anywhere in the world.
Pinder Cooling & Heating has completed a series of cooling and ventilation refurbishments as part of a new contract with popular fast-food chain, Mahmoods. The Bradford-based team of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning specialists has refurbished cold rooms within four of its restaurants between March and July. The Great Horton Road branch was the most recent to undergo the renovations, where Pinder also installed brand-new air conditioning units. Pinder’s founder, Andrew Pinder, said the refurbishments are a testament to the standards Mahmoods’ adheres to in terms of serving fresh, quality fast food. Maintaining cold rooms “Cold rooms in restaurants are an integral part of regulating food and keep it from becoming contaminated. Mahmoods has always been passionate about ensuring only the freshest food is served to its customers, and the investment into this new equipment demonstrates their commitment. Our team has really enjoyed working with the entire Mahmoods team and look forward to a long working relationship.” Mahmoods is a chain of fast-food restaurants founded in 2001 by Tariq Mahmood Mahmoods is a chain of fast-food restaurants founded in 2001 by Tariq Mahmood, with seven franchise sites across the UK. On 25th June 2021, the firm celebrated 20 years of serving quality and affordable Halal takeaway dishes. In recent weeks, it was listed as one of the top six highest rated takeaways to order in Bradford. Tariq Mahmood, Founder of Mahmoods said: “Cleanliness and the freshness of our food are at the top of our list, that’s why we ensure that we regularly maintain our cold rooms and have adequate ventilation throughout our restaurants.” Specialist HVAC services “Ahead of our 20th anniversary and the reopening of the hospitality industry, we made the decision to give our cold rooms and air conditioning units a major revamp, and appointed Pinder to carry out the work. Being a Bradford-based firm, we’ve heard a lot about the quality of service they provide, which is aligned to our values. That’s why we knew there was no other firm to support this part of the renovation.” Pinder Cooling & Heating has been providing specialist HVAC services to commercial firms across the UK since founding in 2016. It’s specialist areas include the installation of, and maintenance associated with commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, server room cooling, cellar cooling, cold rooms, and bar and restaurant equipment.
ABB has successfully completed the commissioning of the Induction xP Plus profiler system on PM3 at Bilt Graphic Paper Products Limited (BGPPL), Ballarpur, India, with remote support from China. Marking the first time that an ABB cross-machine direction control engineer has provided remote commissioning support for an upgrade of this kind, the modernization project was successfully and seamlessly delivered due to the world-class domain expertise of the team. Induction xP Plus Cross Direction ABB’s new Induction xP Plus is the best-in-class cross direction (CD) caliper profile control to achieve maximum induction heating in the shortest time possible, for reduced product variability and rapid corrections to sheet finishing profiles. The actuator heats the calendar roll with an alternating magnetic field, creating heating eddy currents that cause the roll to expand. First-of-its-kind remote commissioning for ABB, made possible by the team’s strong domain expertise This narrows the nip between rolls and compresses the paper for reduced caliper and increased smoothness, offering papermakers advanced caliper profiling and sheet finishing capability. It is an integral part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System (QMS), which is based on the flagship digital platform, ABB Ability™ System 800xA. Authority Comments “As part of our mill modernization, we decided to replace the existing ABB CD caliper control system (ThermoProfiler) with the latest Induction xP Plus profiler for PM3 at our Ballarpur plant, where we produce premium uncoated woodfree writing and printing paper, as well as high-quality office paper from 100 percent virgin wood fibers,” said Mr. Uday Kukde, General Manager and Unit Head, BGPPL, Ballarpur. “This upgrade to a newer, more reliable product was critical in order to improve our efficiency, safety and quality by reducing product variability, breakdown and inventory cost.” “This has been a significant, first-of-its-kind remote commissioning for ABB, made possible by the team’s strong domain expertise,” said Rajmohan Arumugam, Engineering Manager – QMS, ABB. “Despite it being a complex task, the team overcame all logistical and health and safety hurdles and ensured that the entire process ran smoothly and exceeded customer expectations.” BGPPL Bilt Graphic Paper Products Limited (BGPPL), a subsidiary of Bilt Paper B.V., manufactures coated and uncoated woodfree paper as well as copy paper from multiple facilities located in the state of Maharashtra. BGPPL, which exports its paper products to more than 55 countries, has a total capacity of 670,000 metric tons per annum across three mills.
Johnson Controls recently partnered with Air One Heating & Cooling, Star Air Conditioning & Heating, and YORK Factory Direct to install YORK® heating and cooling systems in two Building Homes for Heroes mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans in Daytona, Florida., and Orlando, Florida. Air One Heating & Cooling installed equipment donated by YORK Factory Direct in the home of Sergeant Carlos Cruz in Daytona, Florida, Cruz, who joined the military out of San Antonio, Texas in 1997, was injured during his 20-year deployment, causing him to suffer from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), herniated discs in his back, left ACL reconstruction, migraines, and chronic pain. Suffer multiple injuries Star Air Conditioning & Heating installed equipment that was also donated by YORK Factory Direct in the home of U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Jorge Zapata in Orlando, Florida, Zapata, who joined the military out of Parris Island, S.C., was injured during his deployment to Iraq, causing him to suffer multiple injuries, including PTSD and a traumatic brain injury. The injuries of both veterans require specific modifications in their homes in order to live safely and focus on their recoveries. "We’re proud to partner with Johnson Controls and Building Homes for Heroes to give back to a real hero within our local community who has made great sacrifices for our country,” said Larry Franklin Sr., Owner, Star Air Conditioning & Heating. “We’re honored to contribute our services to help Sergeant Jorge Zapata and his family live comfortably in their home.” Renovate quality homes The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them to injured veterans Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide. “The customized amenities that Johnson Controls brings to these homes provide not only a foundation for these heroes, but a hopeful path to a bright future with the opportunity to reach dreams they may have never thought imaginable when injured,” said Andy Pujol, Founder and CEO of Building Homes for Heroes. Veteran-Friendly company “We are so grateful to partner with Johnson Controls, Air One Heating & Cooling, Star Air Conditioning & Cooling and YORK® Factory Direct to help these veterans and their families to live in greater comfort.” The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has been a proud sponsor of Building Homes for Heroes since 2014. The company has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a top veteran-friendly company. Johnson Controls is also committed to hiring veterans and military spouses. Veteran employees are honored to design, engineer, and assemble systems that help improve the lives of fellow veterans.
Located in Worcester Massachusetts, Doherty Memorial High School is typical of many schools designed in the 1960’s. With two classroom wings joined together by hallways and anchored by an auditorium and gymnasium, the red brick school is home to approximately 1500 students. After 40 years, the school needed to replace the original hot water boilers and unit ventilators serving the upper and lower classroom wings. To design their new heating and ventilating system, the school enlisted the services of Shooshanian Engineering (SEi), Boston, Massachusetts. Outdoor air ventilation The original system design incorporated two gas fired hot water boilers sized to provide individual classroom unit ventilators with enough heating capacity to condition both the return and outdoor air loads. Rooftop exhaust fans pulled room air from each class-room to complete the ventilation process. ERVs recycle energy from building exhaust air to efficiently precondition outdoor air ventilation As recommended by the EPA and DOE, SEi evaluated the use of Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) as part of the new design. ERVs recycle energy from building exhaust air to efficiently precondition outdoor air ventilation, thereby reducing annual operating costs and boiler size requirements. After evaluating several ERV strategies, including fixed plate and run around loop, SEi determined that an ERV incorporating Airxchange rotary energy recovery wheels provided the best value. Estimates of installation and operating costs were evaluated for two designs: one with ERV and one without. As expected, the ERV based design provided the lowest operating cost. Capital equipment savings However, SEi was pleasantly surprised to discover the ERV based design, incorporating a smaller boiler and less expensive fan coil units, also provided the lowest installed cost. The capital equipment savings, made possible by incorporating Energy Recovery Ventilation in the design, more than offset the added cost of the ERV’s resulting in an instant payback. Installation included thirteen rooftop ERV units, each supplying from 1200 to 4600 cfm of ventilation air along with a single boiler to replace the two original boilers. Existing exhaust ducts provided exhaust air to the ERVs while new ductwork was added to deliver fresh outdoor air to each classroom. The design called for removal of the outdoor air intakes in the walls and installation of fan coil units in place of unit ventilators. Automated Logic software Performance of the new system is monitored using Automated Logic software Performance of the new system is monitored using Automated Logic software. The new system has received positive comments from teachers who expressed appreciation for the added fresh air and the ability of the classrooms to come up to temperature quickly at the beginning of the school day. “Even at the coldest temperatures the comfort of the supply air is amazing,” said Jeffrey Lassey, Director of Facilities with Worcester Public Schools. “You can feel the class-room come up to temperature much faster than with the old unit ventilators, and with the ERV system, we’ve reduced our energy costs considerably,” he added. Reduction in energy use over a 20 year period is expected to save approximately 3400 tons of CO2 emissions and $625,540 at current energy prices. Reducing energy consumption “Selecting the ERVs was a good shift away from unit ventilators, since it significantly reduces our energy consumption. This is particularly important because the cost of energy is heading nowhere but up.” - Jeffrey Lassey, Director of Facilities Worcester Public Schools. NSTAR, the local gas utility serving the city of Worcester, provides incentives for installation of energy efficient equipment through an energy rebate program funded by its commercial customer base. For the installation of an ERV based system and reduced boiler size, Doherty Memorial High School was awarded a $32,000 rebate from NSTAR. “Make sure to select Energy Recovery Ventilation from the outset in the design process in order to take full advantage of utility rebates slated for energy efficiency.” - Tom Angelo, NSTAR.
ABB will participate in the Dubai EXPO 2020 as an official partner of the Swedish Pavilion and showcase its leading technology in a digital and interactive way partnering with more than 100 companies and institutions. With a history of more than 130 years and Sweden as one of the birthplaces of the company, ABB will join the country’s efforts to highlight the most innovative solutions that will help build a smart society under the pavilion’s theme of “Co-creation for Innovation”. The exhibition is the first Expo ever that is taking place in the Middle East. A meeting point for businesses and governments, EXPO 2020 will run from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. Technology highlights As part of its presence in Dubai ABB will highlight how plastic waste is turned into furniture using a specially adapted robot from ABB and how the sustainability and production efficiency of mining operations can be increased by using smart, digital solutions. Other projects include ABB solutions that help turn Västerås – Sweden’s fifth-largest urban area – into one of the smartest cities in the country, establish one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings as a showcase project for state-of-the-art energy technology, and research into new materials for a smarter and more sustainable future. Seminar Expo 2020 in Dubai is a unique opportunity to highlight innovative, smart, and sustainable technologies ABB CEO Björn Rosengren will also be part of a high-level seminar under the theme of “Switzerland and Sweden – Partners in Technology and Sustainability” to manifest 100 years of official relations between the two countries. Together with representatives from Switzerland and Sweden, the event will explore how the industry can contribute to a recently signed Memorandum of Understating between the two innovation agencies Innosuisse and Vinnova in the areas of knowledge and learning, science, and sustainable innovation. Authority Comments Björn Rosengren said, “ABB is proud to be part of this exhibition that addresses the key challenges our world is faced with today. We are convinced that our electrification and automation solutions play an important role in showcasing the power of innovation and technology for a more sustainable world. It is the perfect platform for ABB to position ourselves as a leading technology company with a strong focus on people, technology, and sustainability.” Anna Hallberg, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Trade, added: “Expo 2020 in Dubai is a unique opportunity to highlight innovative, smart, and sustainable technologies that can solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. I am very proud that Sweden and Swedish companies are at the forefront of this development. ABB is a brilliant example of this, and I highly value their participation as an official partner to the Swedish pavilion.” Supporting local customers ABB has a long tradition of supporting its local customers in the United Arab Emirates and has provided state-of-the-art technology to a range of projects in the country. Among them are electrification solutions for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and the world’s first fully functional office built using 3D printed concrete elements. Automation and electrification technology from ABB is also in use in Dubai’s International Airport, the city’s metro system, and the Mall of the Emirates.
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) — also known as the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association announces that its highly anticipated Fall Technical Conference will take place September 16-18 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. NADCA’s Fall Technical Conference is an annual event that is popular with air duct cleaning technicians throughout every stage of their careers. It features hands-on training in every aspect of HVAC system cleaning. Plus, technicians seeking Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) or Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certifications will have the opportunity to participate in the pre-conference training course on September 16, and exams for both certifications will be offered on September 18. Educational training program The conference provides attendees with an opportunity to gain education credits necessary for certification renewals The event will offer a robust educational program, with industry expert-led sessions featuring topics like tackling exposed and exterior ductwork, upselling to grow sales, reading blueprints, commercial estimating, the impact of filtration in HVAC systems, indoor air quality, and more. Technicians also have access to advanced training tracks about cleaning variable air volume (VAV) boxes, fan coils, and the hidden hazards of duct cleaning, as well as highly technical tracks with hands-on training stations for real-world technical experience. The conference also provides attendees with the opportunity to gain continuing education credits necessary for certification renewals. Opportunity to attain certifications “We’re so excited to return to an in-person format for our Fall Technical Conference. Like so many other organizations, the unknowns and safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to move to a virtual format for our 2020 event,” said Jodi Araujo, CEM, NADCA's Chief Executive Officer. “We really had no sense for the appetite of our members to attend a virtual conference, but clearly the desire was there, as we saw almost 200 attendees at the event and the post-meeting networking happy hour.” “Despite a highly successful virtual event in 2020, our Fall Technical Conference is always a not-to-be-missed in-person event for air duct cleaning technicians, providing extremely valuable hands-on training and education, as well as the opportunity to take the coursework and exams for our ASCS and CVI certifications,” Araujo continued.
Panasonic is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Efficiency North - Building for Future Generations, a FREE virtual event to attend this year taking place on Tuesday 22nd June - Thursday 24th June 2021. About Efficiency North Efficiency North is bringing together its landlord membership, key stakeholders in the construction sector, industry leaders, and national policy makers to address how we make the right choices in housing and construction now that will have the most positive impact on tomorrow. Building good quality homes that are affordable for everyone has never been more important. A year of the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the link between inadequate housing and health and wellbeing. We also need to act fast to slow and reverse the effects of climate change on our planet. Decisions we make now will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Authority Comment Richard Bishop, Head of Marketing for Panasonic UK and Ireland commented: “We are delighted to offer our support and involvement in this important event to highlight the use of low carbon alternatives such as air source heat pumps to the sector and how this could be the answer to help us reach our net zero targets.” Investing in R&D development Panasonic is a frontrunner within the heating and cooling industry, with over 60 years of experience in producing innovative products. The company invests heavily in R&D to develop new solutions to advance the market, with a huge emphasis on environmental impact, hence the investment in emerging low carbon technologies such as air source heat pumps.
Carrier China hosted a ceremony with government representatives from the Baoshan District Commerce Committee and Industrial Park, industry associations and media to mark the opening of the first Carrier Air Conditioning museum located in the North Asia region. Carrier China is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the pioneering global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. The Carrier Air Conditioning Museum explores the history and development of HVAC solutions as well as Carrier’s importance throughout the industry’s transformation. Visitors can also experience the company’s comprehensive solutions in residential, light commercial and commercial applied equipment, service and building automation systems at the over 4,000 square-meter center featuring interactive displays at the Shanghai facility. Carrier Air Conditioning Museum The space also includes a new training and maintenance center for customers to learn about healthier, digitally smarter and more efficient indoor environments in the design, retrofit and operation of building strategies. "Congratulations on the successful opening of the Carrier Air Conditioning Museum,” said Wenyuan Hu, Director of the Management Committee of Baoshan Industrial Park, “As a world leader in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, Carrier continues to reinvent the industry by endowing a new industrial, cultural and learning landmark in Shanghai.” “The legacy of Willis Carrier, the inventor of the first modern air conditioning system, lives on today as the company he founded leads the industry with energy-efficient and sustainable products and manufacturing practices in China,” said Titus Yu, Managing Director, North Asia HVAC, Carrier. “Now we can share the stories and history behind the technology and the continual changes in the HVAC industry with the addition of the museum on our expanding campus.”
After two events outside Europe (2017 USA, 2019 China), the 11th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) conference returns to Europe in 2021. The pandemic has obliged EEDAL to move its conference from November 2021 to June 2022. It would offer an opportunity to address Indoor Environmental Quality for the public that involves policymakers. Background EEDAL provides for international dialogue between the key players in the residential building sector, including appliances, HVAC and lighting manufacturers, residential energy efficiency experts and academia, service providers, consumer organizations, retailers, and policymakers. In the past, it has proven for several industries, also in the non-domestic sector, a good networking occasion. It is useful for informal contacts to some of the European Commission staff and international authorities and authors of studies preparing various legislations, especially in the field of Ecodesign. In view of the rapid developments (Ecodesign, labeling, public procurement, energy performance of buildings, etc.) not only in Europe but also globally members could use this platform to voice their opinions and proposals on specific issues by submitting papers for this event. Timing Authors interested in submitting papers are requested to send an abstract not exceeding 400 words in length and not less than 200 words. The call for papers will soon be re-opened until 14 November 2021. As soon as the call is re-opened, new information will follow. Recommended Actions Members (e.g. air conditioning, fan, heat pump manufacturers) with an interest in the global market can make use of this opportunity to highlight their views. It could be appropriate for those Product Groups that are subject to international competition and where information on Ecodesign requirements and related standards are available. For this edition, the topics ‘Indoor Environmental Quality’ and ‘Motors’ have been added and may present opportunities for presentations. In view of the pandemic, it may prove useful for members and Eurovent to submit papers to address IEQ.
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