Ingersoll-Rand plc, a pioneer in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ by Fortune for the eighth consecutive year. “It’s an honor to be recognized once again as one of the world’s most admired companies,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand and of the future Trane Technologies. “Our dedicated employees around the globe are...
Infinitum Electric, creator of the breakthrough printed circuit board motor (PCB), announces the launch of its IEx Series motor, an IoT-enabled electric motor that’s a third of the size and weight of conventional motors while delivering class-leading efficiency and IoT capabilities. Infinitum has reached OEM sales agreements with Twin City Fans, Comefri and ACME Fan for the new IEx Series motor and the first shipment of motors is scheduled for June. The company’s first product is a...
Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing (“Goettl”), one of the providers of residential HVAC and plumbing services in the Southwest United States, announced the acquisition of Will’s All Pro Plumbing & Air Conditioning (“Will’s All Pro”), a Texas-based provider of plumbing and HVAC services. Located in San Antonio, Will’s All Pro is led by a management team with more than 50 years of combined experience in the plumbing and HVAC industries. With over...
Each January, hundreds of thousands of technology enthusiasts attend CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. It’s the global showcase for the latest in consumer technology. And while there are miles of trade show aisles to peruse, the best of the best can be found in one spot: the CES Innovation Showcase. This year, Resideo's Honeywell Home M5 Series received a CES Innovation Award for elevating the expectation beyond just temperature control to monitoring a home's critical systems....
The energy savings, efficiencies and reduced operating costs produced as a result of integrating Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) into HVACR systems will be highlighted at AHR Expo in Florida. The VFD technology from Invertek Drives used in HVACR applications will be on show at the event in Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Invertek Drives USA will be showcasing the Optidrive E3, Eco and Compact 2 VFDs. VFDs are used in a variety of HVACR applications, from controlling air conditioning...
Green Link Engineering has become a member of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), a professional organization that is the single voice of wholesale distribution to the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVACR) industry. Green Link designs and manufactures the KnuckleHead rooftop support system for installation of a range of HVAC equipment including heat pumps, splits, VRF, AC units, piping, conduit and ductwork. The KnuckleHead system features...
Bryan Steam LLC welcomes Bruce Carson as a Bryan Sales Administrator. Carson was most recently the Building Commissioner for the City of Peru, Indiana. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and spent time in the Navy. Bryan Steam, originators of the “Flexible Water Tube” design, celebrates its 100th year in business in 2016. Bryan Steam offers a broad range of boilers to meet customer needs including gas, oil and gas/oil fired boilers, as well as electric, condensing, Low NOx and knockdown boilers. The “Flexible Water Tube” design provides fast, natural internal circulation for maximum heat transfer and operating efficiency. Bryan Steam also manufactures indirect water heaters, pool heaters, feed systems and related equipment and accessories.
Resideo Technologies, Inc., a global provider of home comfort and security solutions, announced that Sach Sankpal has been named President of Resideo's Products & Solutions business, effective Jan. 7, 2020. Sankpal is a proven pioneer with a successful track record of driving growth, operational excellence and strategic transformation at global industrial and technology companies. He brings more than 25 years of experience across strategy, marketing, finance, operations and sales. Sankpal most recently served as Senior Vice President for Emerging Industries at Trimble, Inc., a $3 billion in revenue company specializing in hardware and software for global industrial companies. sales innovation and deployment During his tenure, Sankpal drove company-wide strategies for product innovation, pricing, product management, sales innovation and deployment as well as a new management operating system to support the company's multiple business lines. Prior to Trimble, Sankpal served in various leadership, strategy and operations roles at Avaya, Inc. and Navigant Consulting. Niccolo de Masi will remain as Chief Innovation Officer but will resign his role as board member He also served as President of Honeywell Global Safety Products, a $2 billion in revenue business, where he led a recovery in the segment by driving operational excellence in delivery and productivity, transforming the company's research and development program and enhancing its product roadmap. "We are delighted to welcome Sach to Resideo," said Andy Teich, the company's Lead Independent Director and Chair of its Strategic and Operational Committee. enhance shareholder value "Given his deep leadership experience and operational expertise, Sach is ideally positioned to lead the Products & Solutions business as we transform Resideo into a more profitable, efficient company. He will play a critical role executing the recommendations of our ongoing operational and financial review as we work to drive long-term success and enhance shareholder value.” Niccolo de Masi, who previously served as Resideo's Products & Solutions President, Chief Innovation Officer and Board Member, will remain as Chief Innovation Officer but will resign his role as board member.
The Viessmann Group takes over IAC Vestcold As, a well-established refrigeration installation and service partner in Norway. IAC offers full range of services covering all areas of air-conditioning and ventilation technology, industrial and commercial refrigeration, cold storage construction, as well as the sales and distribution of refrigerated cabinets. Commercial refrigeration "We are delighted that our long-term cooperation has resulted in joining our skills and competencies in commercial refrigeration for the benefit of our customers. Together we will be able to offer even more comprehensive turnkey solutions for their needs and develop our product and service offering further.” says Frank Winters, CEO of Refrigeration Solutions at Viessmann. He adds, “This acquisition is a continuation of our strategy in becoming a full refrigeration solutions provider in sustainable refrigeration for the benefit of the future generations.” IAC Vestcold As IAC employs 34 refrigeration experts focusing on premium 24/7 customer service IAC Vestcold As is located in Stokke, Norway, in the proximity of Viessmann Refrigeration As sales company. IAC’s operations cover the regions of Vestfold, Telemark and Buskerud in Norway and they are F-gas certified service partner with high focus on the environment. Already 10 years ago, the company did their first CO2 installations and today over 95% of their installations are done with CO2 and natural refrigerants. IAC employs 34 refrigeration experts focusing on premium 24/7 customer service. Jan Harald Eriksen, Managing Director of IAC Vestcold As comments, ”We have long cooperation with Viessmann in refrigeration services and have always felt that we work as one team. Joining our skills together was a natural continuation of our partnership, because there is a strong need for refrigeration technology especially due to the F-gas regulatory changes in Norway and customers request for turnkey solutions from one source. In Viessmann we can grow our service capabilities even further and have a reliable and strategically important partner to be able to fulfill this.” Strategic partnership IAC Vestcold has been Viessmann’s refrigeration partner in Norway for 20 years and joining their competencies together is a natural continuation of the cooperation. With the acquisition the Norwegian customers will have full support from the planning stage through to implementation and maintenance of the projects from Viessmann. Viessmann Refrigeration Systems As provides commercial refrigeration solutions for the Norwegian market including customers in food retail, food services, food and beverage industry and health care. The sales company provides full portfolio of refrigerated cabinets, cold rooms, systems and turnkey solutions. “We wish IAC Vestcold team most welcome to Viessmann. Knowing each other already very well, we believe our work as one team will continue smoothly, but also allowing us to learn and develop even more. We are happy to have the opportunity to grow our services within refrigeration and become a true solutions provider in Norway,” concludes Fredrik Hoienholm, Managing Director of Viessmann Refrigeration System As.
The world's first hydrogen powered domestic boiler was put into operation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands in 2019. The boiler was developed by BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, and parent of North American company ECR International. BDR’s mission is developing and producing heating and hot water solutions with virtually no Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. This ground-breaking boiler burns pure hydrogen that has been produced by wind or solar energy without releasing any CO2. Firmly committed to sustainability “The development of a hydrogen boiler is part of BDR Thermea Group’s solutions for decarbonising heating. We currently offer a range of technologies, such as high efficiency gas boilers, heat pumps and heat networks, and now also hydrogen boilers and fuel cells. Sustainably produced hydrogen is an important, potentially very interesting energy carrier for the future”, says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group. “Power to gas (hydrogen) is an unavoidable and necessary technology if we want to store sustainably generated energy over a longer period of time, as abundant wind and solar energy is not always immediately available at times of greatest need, such as during the winter. With the new hydrogen boiler, along with our fuel cell appliances, we are firmly committed to making the built environment more sustainable.” Exploring more pilots “The operating principle of the hydrogen boiler is the same as that of a boiler running on natural gas”, says Peter Snel, CTO of BDR Thermea Group. “In the future, we will be able to exchange conventional gas boilers for hydrogen boilers on a like for like basis, provided the supply of hydrogen is available through natural gas pipelines. That is why co-operation with network operators is of crucial importance to BDR Thermea Group. In addition to the pilot in Rozenburg, we will also participate in a large-scale demonstration project in the United Kingdom. Over 400 hydrogen boilers will be installed over the next two years.” First 100% hydrogen-powered boiler “It is an amazing achievement of our parent company to develop the first 100% hydrogen-powered boiler however that journey started by working with hybrid fuel mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas. Here in North America the focus is on hybrid fuel mixtures of natural and hydrogen fuels at various ratios” said Ron Passafaro CEO of ECR International manufacturer of Utica and Dunkirk boiler brands. “We are working with many North American stakeholders who are interested in natural gas as a means to greatly reduce CO2 emissions. The key will be proving current and legacy appliances can burn these fuel mixtures reliably and this is testing our parent company has vast experience with. Passafaro went on to say “we look forward to working with all stakeholders to have a positive impact on the environment while utilizing North America’s abundant, reliable and cost effective natural gas resources wisely”.
When it comes to business opportunities, the potential upside for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solutions is huge. It’s expected to be a $15 billion market by 2022. Many technicians are unsure of how to best address air quality issues with homeowners, which can cause some HVAC companies to miss out on significant new revenues. The Resideo AirCycle Program is here to change everything – starting with the conversations that techs have with homeowners about their home’s air quality. Resideo AirCycle Program Many IAQ selling strategies have focused on health-scare tactics and vague diagnoses such as warnings about asthma or mold. But this approach can lead to homeowner skepticism, and quickly take technicians out of their comfort zone of focusing on HVAC challenges and solutions. The Resideo AirCycle Program helps techs confidently reframe the air quality conversation around real data that can be measured and controlled, to help restore optimal home comfort. The system monitors these six essential air quality factors: Carbon monoxide Carbon dioxide Air particles Humidity Odors and smells Temperature A manager can leverage the program’s Opportunity Dashboard, which helps make better business decisions After just 30 minutes, the system generates an easy-to-read report that’s instantly available, illustrating the condition of the home’s air. Now, instead of struggling with indoor air quality conversation starters, techs can simply point to the areas of the report that highlight which air quality factors are beyond the expected ranges, and guide the homeowner through the recommended Honeywell Home solutions. AirCycle Pro Monitor Armed with this reliable, customized data from the AirCycle Pro Monitor, techs can build tiered recommendations of Honeywell Home solutions, starting with the air quality factors most out of the “control” ranges. Some issues may be handled that same day, but others can be solved in follow-up service calls, creating ongoing sales opportunities for your business. Plus, a manager can leverage the program’s Opportunity Dashboard, which helps make better business decisions by providing: Revenue forecasting to help manage sales goals Technician comparison reports for goal setting and performance tracking Localized trend analysis to give direct insight into common homeowner needs Building IAQ opportunities The AirCycle Program includes in-depth online and in-person training sessions, coaching technicians on how to successfully use the monitor, interpret reports for homeowners and make recommendations with confidence. They’ll learn how to build IAQ opportunities into every conversation with every customer, to drive short-term sales and also create long-term relationships that add value to businesses.
Ingersoll-Rand plc introduces its pure-play climate company, announcing the new company name, strategy and executive leadership team. The climate company will be named Trane Technologies plc, elevating its Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation. Trane Technologies will be a pioneer in climate control and is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ‘TT.’ Through its strategic brands, Trane® and Thermo King®, and portfolio of climate-focused innovations, Trane Technologies will create efficient and sustainable solutions for buildings, homes and transportation. Advanced Technologies And Powerful Innovation Global megatrends are pushing climate action to the forefront of the world’s agenda" “Global megatrends are pushing climate action to the forefront of the world’s agenda,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and CEO of the current Ingersoll Rand and of the future Trane Technologies. “We excel where these megatrends intersect with our advanced technologies and powerful innovation. Building on our leadership in sustainability, Trane Technologies will redefine the status quo for our industry and challenge what is possible for our customers and the world.” Lamach added: “Our focus will be on sustainable businesses that directly address these megatrends and create customer value, a proven business operating system that generates productivity and execution excellence and a winning culture that empowers people to deliver their best. As a global leader in climate markets, Trane Technologies will have greater focus, more targeted investments and a simplified business model that will allow us to increase speed and agility and deliver value for shareholders, customers and employees.” Creating Positive Impact For Society Trane Technologies will continue to aggressively pursue Ingersoll Rand’s previously announced 2030 sustainability targets, designed to create positive impact for society and enable a premier performing company. These commitments include: The Gigaton Challenge to reduce our customers’ carbon emissions by one gigaton by the year 2030. A gigaton is equivalent to the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined – or about 2% of the world’s annual emissions. Leading by Example to ensure that our operations have a restorative impact on the environment including achieving carbon-neutral operations and zero waste to landfill, and giving back more water than we use in water-stressed Opportunity for All in our workplace, with goals to achieve gender parity in leadership and workforce diversity reflective of our communities. We also will enhance opportunity in our communities through investments in education and workforce development, access to housing and comfort and food and nutrition for under-served populations. Enterprise-Wide Functions Trane Technologies’ executive leadership team will be effective January 1, 2020, in readiness for the close of the Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) transaction, and report directly to Mike Lamach, chairman and CEO. Dave Regnery has been appointed president and chief operating officer. Regnery currently serves as executive vice president for Ingersoll Rand’s Climate and Industrial segments, overseeing financial and operating performance and reporting to Lamach. Dave has done an outstanding job leading both our Climate and Industrial segments over the past two years" “Dave has done an outstanding job leading both our Climate and Industrial segments over the past two years. His success, extensive knowledge of our businesses and operations and passion for our customers make this expanded role a logical step,” said Lamach. The following executives will oversee Trane Technologies’ enterprise-wide functions that support its strategy, people, culture and governance, as the climate company prepares for its separation from Ingersoll Rand, and ensure continuity of leadership within the new company: Strong Leadership Team Marcia Avedon, executive vice president and chief human resources, marketing and communications officer; Paul Camuti, executive vice president and chief technology and strategy officer; Sue Carter, senior vice president and chief financial officer, who, as previously announced, has communicated her planned retirement in conjunction with the RMT transaction close, in early 2020. At that time, she will be succeeded by Chris Kuehn, who currently serves as vice president and chief accounting officer; Ray Pittard, leader of the company’s Transformation and execution excellence; and Evan Turtz, senior vice president and general counsel. Lamach concluded: “I am looking forward to leading Trane Technologies into the future, backed by this strong leadership team. Together, we will deliver on our strategy and commitments — for the benefit of our employees, customers and shareholders. We are encouraged by the great progress we are making on closing our transaction and are confident that we are positioning Trane Technologies for success.”
Smart homes are a key focus at CES 2020, the world’s largest technology event, January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The giant show features more than 170,000 attendees, 4,500 exhibitors and 1,100 industry thought-leaders featured on the CES stage. A range of technologies will be on display, from artificial intelligence (AI) to 5G, vehicle technology to AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality), robotics to home automation. smart home environment The role of intelligent HVAC systems in the smart home will be featured at the show, and the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on HVAC systems (among other technologies) will be prominent. HVAC is an element that provides measurable value in the smart home environment. The Nest intelligent thermostat is almost a decade old. In the years since its introduction, HVAC has become even more intrinsically integrated into the intelligent home. “Market players are looking to expand beyond established smart home devices like smart thermostats and networked cameras to products like smart water leak detectors, smart pet feeders, and smart air purifiers,” says Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. Electronic door lock approach The Resideo T-Series smart thermostats support wireless Smart Room Sensors “For the smart home market at CES this year, we expect to see numerous announcements regarding home awareness,” says Blake Kozak, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Markit. “The impact of this [event] for the smart home could be about delivering home analytics and enhancing privacy through cloudless architectures and new electronic door lock approaches,” he adds. An example of home analytics is the Resideo Home app, introduced in December, which will make whole-home monitoring possible for four critical networks of the home – water, air, energy and security. Resideo promises a “simplified and integrated smart home experience.” The Resideo T-Series smart thermostats support wireless Smart Room Sensors to balance and prioritize temperatures in the home. air management controller Daikin North America will be showing the Daikin One+ smart thermostat, an intelligent home air management controller. Beyond a typical smart thermostat, it is a controller for a full professional HVAC system with a growing ecosystem of air quality modules to give consumers more control over the air they breathe and a premium HVAC experience. OxiCool is launching HomeCool, a clean and resilient AC technology. It is designed to provide clean and silent air-conditioning for the home. The product can be configured to operate off solar thermal, natural gas, propane or electricity. It uses no harmful refrigerant and only four natural elements—earth, water, fire and air. The clean technology uses molecular sieves in vacuum-sealed units made from stainless steel and uses zero GWP water as its refrigerant. unified solution to consumers “Consumers who already own smart home products are buying more devices,” says Parks. “A key issue to address though is the lack of purchases occurring with the non-owners of these devices. Despite purchase intentions being high, consumers are not making the purchase to move adoption of products. After 10 years of being in the market, smart thermostats still only have about 11-13% adoption rate in the U.S." "In 2020, we will see companies working to provide a unified solution to consumers through professional installation and also continue to see the single-point solution pushed to get consumers in the door with a single product and expand from there.”
ASHRAE and NIST have pledged to strengthen their partnership focusing on key issues in the HVAC market. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizes the agreement and sets the stage for continued cooperation for the benefit of the HVAC marketplace. ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, is a global professional society committed to advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and related fields. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness to enhance economic security and quality of life. Scientific Knowledge Combines With HVAC Equipment Promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness to enhance economic security and quality of life NIST’s HVAC&R Equipment Performance Group seeks to expand scientific knowledge and improve the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment. Their research activities encompass analytical and experimental studies of new-generation refrigerants, experimental and simulation investigations of space-conditioning systems in current and net-zero energy buildings, and research of cooling/refrigeration technologies. The agreement, signed Nov. 4, outlines how ASHRAE and NIST will work cooperatively to improve HVAC&R technologies and their applications. New cooperative efforts between ASHRAE and NIST will focus on several key areas: Improving building performance and cost effectiveness, including through increases in energy and water efficiency and storage technologies, and the health, wellbeing and productivity of building occupants; Improving interoperability of building systems as well as building integration with the electric grid; Supporting innovation and standards development; Strengthening resiliency of the built environment; and Bolstering cybersecurity of HVAC&R infrastructure. The Memo of Understanding was signed by ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce and Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director. “The missions of ASHRAE and NIST reflect our collective efforts to advance building performance and support integrated solutions to improve health and productivity in buildings,” says Boyce. “NIST staff have long been involved with ASHRAE through participation in the development of standards, serving on numerous technical committees and sharing many of their research results in ASHRAE publications. We are excited to formalize our partnership with NIST as we strive to collectively build a more sustainable future and enhance the wellbeing of building occupants in the communities we serve.” Mutual Interests Improve the performance, resilience, sustainability and cybersecurity of the built environment “This [understanding] confirms the many areas of mutual interest between NIST and ASHRAE as we work to advance energy-efficient technologies and improve indoor environments,” said Copan. “We look forward to working with our ASHRAE colleagues to promote public-private partnerships and technology transfer to improve the performance, resilience, sustainability and cybersecurity of the built environment.” Current projects of the NIST HVAC&R Equipment Performance Group include characterization of the performance of potential novel refrigerants. The group is developing test and predictive methods for characterizing flammability of mildly flammable single-component refrigerants and blends. The best-known contributions of the group relate to the research of environmentally acceptable refrigerants, development of advanced simulation tools, and formulation of the SEER and HSPF performance descriptors for the test procedures of residential air conditioners and heat pumps.
Teenage students at Greenfield-Central High School in Indiana are learning about the installation, operation and maintenance of air-handling systems. The career and technical education class is giving them a head start toward a decent-paying career in HVAC, including the opportunity to earn multiple certifications. “You’ll get a job if someone else doesn’t have the certifications you do, so [there are] more job opportunities,” one student told the Greenfield Daily Reporter. Addressing the industry's labor shortage The program highlights an opportunity to address the HVAC industry’s labor shortage by nurturing a next-generation workforce starting at an early age – in high school. Vocational programs teach HVAC as well as masonry, carpentry, electrical and plumbing Marathon High School in Wisconsin is another example; their vocational programs teach HVAC as well as masonry, carpentry, electrical and plumbing. “This course only exists because local contractors have been contacting me about the need to meet the demands of society,” John Vanderwyst, Tech Education Teacher at Marathon High School, told WZAW Fox7. “What we find is that a lot of these young adults don’t even realize that our profession exists,” says Jon Hirsch, Director of Business Development at Auer Steel in Milwaukee. “Unfortunately, there are more jobs than there are people to fill them,” he told WZAW Fox7. Statistical projections bear out the observation nationwide: Training and education programs will graduate only a fraction of the 115,000 additional HVAC workers needed by the year 2022. Career or College? Training and education programs will graduate only a fraction of the 115,000 additional HVAC workers needed by the year 2022 In an age when college debt can ruin a graduate’s finances even as he or she struggles to find employment, career path alternatives may seem more appealing. College is clearly not for everyone: More than half of all Americans who enroll in college become dropouts. College can also be cost-prohibitive, with a private four-year degree costing approximately $48,000 a year. It’s a great time to remind students and young adults about the value of a career in HVAC, where the median pay for mechanics and installers in 2018 was $47,610 per year. There is also a higher-than-average outlook for job growth in the industry – 13% growth over the next decade, from 367,900 employees to 414,200. HVAC Career opportunities The median pay for mechanics and installers in 2018 was $47,610 per year The reality is that graduates of technical school programs can earn more and have better career opportunities. The highest degree level needed for HVAC work is an associate (2-year) course of study, which is much less expensive than a bachelor’s degree program. According to a Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce study, HVAC techs with a high school diploma (or less) stand to earn $1.6 million in their lifetime. Having some college and/or an associate degree only raises that outlook by $200,000 to $1.8 million. More than half of employees in the HVAC field (51.1%) have a high school diploma or less. As Baby Boomers retire from the workforce, there will be a gaping hole of experience and knowledge to fill. Dan Canter is doing his part. Since retiring from the HVAC industry, he has been serving as the instructor for the course at Greenfield-Center High School.
Johnson Controls will enhance classroom environments throughout three Tennessee school districts – a combined 22 schools – with projects estimated to be completed this fall. Updates throughout the districts will include infrastructure, energy management and water conservation strategies to address deferred maintenance and improve efficiencies. Energy Savings Performance The school districts partnering with Johnson Controls include Lake County School District in Tiptonville, Overton County School District in Livingston and Smith County School District in Carthage. The combined $7.7 million in improvements are enabled through Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI). These engagements will help fund project implementations using guaranteed savings to offset the cost of the upgrades. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems Lake County School District’s $1.6 million in improvements include LED lighting, Wi-Fi thermostats, window and cooling tower replacements, and an HVAC rooftop unit above the district’s high school gymnasium, completed in May. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems. Upon completion, Lake County will have realized more than $1.9 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 16-year agreement. The district also utilized a Tennessee Valley Authority incentive to fund electrical needs. Energy savings “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments.” said, Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure Account Executive, Johnson Controls “For years, our gymnasium has been uncomfortable for classes and graduations. The installation of air conditioning is a monumental step towards improving the comfort and productivity of our learning environment for students and faculty,” said Sherry Darnell, Superintendent, Lake County Schools. Partnering with Johnson Controls “Partnering with Johnson Controls not only allowed us to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will help enhance energy and operational efficiencies, but also to truly understand what implementations were vital for our unique needs and goals.” Overton County School District is implementing $2.9 million to improve its infrastructure, including the installation of HVAC rooftop units, LED lighting, energy management systems and water conservation methods, as well as boiler, pump and WSHP unit replacements. These upgrades will result in $3.5 million in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 12-year agreement. The district can then reinvest these savings into additional curriculum upgrades for students, including Advanced’s STEM Program, to foster a more creative and productive learning environment. Energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting and energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting, water conservation methods and energy management systems. The $3.1 million in improvements will also be used to install access controls, in addition to the replacement of its cooling tower, boiler and pumps, WSHP unit and PTAC unit. These updates will help the district provide a more comfortable, efficient and safer learning environment for students and faculty. Upon completion, Smith County School District will have realized over $5.6 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings over the 12-year agreement, allowing for these savings to be reinvested into additional student resources, including Advanced’s STEM Program. STEM Program “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments,” said Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure account executive, Johnson Controls. “These improvements will help further the mission of each school and enhance student and faculty comfort and productivity.” Johnson Controls has a long history of working with K-12 schools and educators throughout North America to create environments that inspire and engage both students and faculty. Through Performance Infrastructure projects, we have helped 1,018 schools modernize equipment and building systems, improve infrastructure and energy spend, and address on-going maintenance needs.
Together with its partners and customers, Viessmann is expanding its involvement in China. The family-run company has built a new plant in Pinghu, a city close to the metropolis of Shanghai. The plant was inaugurated on November 5, 2019. Wall-mounted gas boilers will be manufactured here on a floor area of 12,000 sq. m. The site also has a research and development center for new technologies and services. Viessmann's Pinghu facility Through this newly acquired proximity, we will be able to supply the market with solutions even more effectively" “We see an enormous potential on the Chinese market. Because of that, we decided to expand our production capacities here,” said Dr. Martin Viessmann in his welcome address. The inauguration of the Pinghu site, approximately 90 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, represents a further milestone in the company’s involvement in China, which extends back over 20 years. The new site is centrally located in one of the most important commercial areas of the country. In addition to Viessmann’s partners and customers, many suppliers are also based here. “Through this newly acquired proximity, we will be able to supply the market with solutions even more effectively,” said Martin, CEO of the Viessmann Group. Altogether, the company has five sales offices and hundreds of showrooms. China, major HVAC solutions and equipment market “China is one of the most important markets in the world, not only for individual heating systems but also for innovative and comfortable living,” said his son Maximilian Viessmann, co-CEO of the Viessmann Group. The country is a true champion of innovation, especially concerning digital applications – and is therefore also a role model for Europe. “We want to make the most out of these opportunities,” said Maximilian. Alongside their Chinese partners, the goal is to create living spaces for generations to come. To symbolize this and the joint commitment to climate protection, a tree will be planted in the dry western region of China for each of the attendees present at the inauguration ceremony. Wall-mounted gas boilers The plan is to constantly expand the manufacturing of wall-mounted gas boilers and increase the capacity in the medium term from one to three production lines. In addition to a tour through the manufacturing area, the program also included an ‘Experience Tour’ for the guests of the inauguration – which included representatives from the management, politics and around 70 Viessmann partners. The Integrated Solution Offering of Viessmann was presented during the inauguration using a typical Chinese housing scenario as an example. Vitopure water treatment system Viessmann is offering the Vitopure water treatment system for the purification and softening of drinking water In addition to heat, clean drinking water is also one the basic human needs. Because of that, Viessmann is now also offering the Vitopure water treatment system for the purification and softening of drinking water. Water treatment using the Vitopure system can also ensure the optimal efficiency and durability of heating systems. A further core theme of the ‘Experience Tour’ was the seamless networking of heating systems and services – the also an important step in creating comfortable living spaces for generations to come. Integrated Solution Offering Viessmann is constantly evolving from a heating manufacturer to a solutions provider for the complete living space. For this, the company develops seamless climate solutions that fill people’s surroundings with the optimal room temperature, warm water, energy and good air quality. In its Integrated Solution Offering, Viessmann seamlessly unites products and systems through platforms and digital services on the foundation of the right energy source. On top of that, it also offers a variety of additional services. The focus here is on finding the right balance between renewable energy sources and obtaining the maximum energy efficiency from fossil fuel sources.
A high performance Carrier air-to-water heat pump is delivering comfortable ambient conditions for children and staff at Yew Tree Nursery in Axbridge, Somerset. Carrier’s AquaSnap 61AF heat pump was selected to replace an oil-fired heating system that was proving unreliable and inefficient. The Carrier unit captures low-grade heat energy from the atmosphere and upgrades it to generate hot water for use in the nursery’s underfloor heating, radiators and domestic hot water supply. Carrier, a pioneer in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Tested and charged with refrigerant “We chose the Carrier system as it enables you to match the exact requirements of an application, rather than simply supplying a standard factory-specification product, as with some other manufacturers,” said Tom Mangnall, who led the project for contractor, Somerset Mechanical Ltd. It was delivered fully assembled, tested and charged with refrigerant and only required power and water connections" “The other major attraction was the plug-and-play design of the AquaSnap monobloc. It was delivered fully assembled, tested and charged with refrigerant and only required power and water connections, which saved time on site and reduced installation costs.” Provides hot water up to 55 degrees Celsius The unit, which has an A+ energy rating, includes a soft-start system for low power draw, and freeze protection to maintain operation when outdoor temperatures dip. Even in temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius, the unit can provide domestic hot water at up to 55 degrees Celsius. In addition to providing clean, reliable, high performance heating, it freed up space at the nursery, as the bulky fuel-oil storage tanks required by the previous system are no longer needed. “The AquaSnap 61AF heat pump is compact and very versatile, and ideal for heating and domestic hot water production,” said Russ Tyrrell, senior technical sales engineer, Carrier. “We believe it has huge potential for wider use in the UK, particularly in similar applications that currently rely on oil-based systems. It is an ideal solution for use in homes, apartment buildings, shops, offices, restaurants, hotels, warehouses.”
Further extending its commitment to environmental sustainability, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico (TMPR) is enhancing its fleet with 220 containers chilled by the industry’s only natural refrigerant-based system, the NaturaLINE unit from Carrier Transicold. TMPR is the first shipping line to place a sizable quantity of NaturaLINE units into service on U.S. domestic trade routes. NaturaLINE units use carbon dioxide (CO2), a refrigerant with the lowest global warming potential (GWP) among all refrigerants currently used in container systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. NaturaLINE units with ultra-low GWP R‑744 is non-ozone depleting, widely available, relatively inexpensive and classified as A1 for low-toxicityTMPR’s new refrigerated containers – a mix of 40-foot and 45-foot high-cube models – are being acquired via lease from SeaCube Containers LLC. NaturaLINE units use CO2 refrigerant, also known as R-744, which has an ultra-low GWP of 1, in comparison to GWPs that range from 600 to nearly 4,000 for refrigerants used in other container systems. R‑744 is also non-ozone depleting, widely available, relatively inexpensive and classified as A1 for low-toxicity and no flame propagation. “With its natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE units help fleets guard against regulations, environmental taxes and phase outs that other refrigerants could be subject to during the operational life span of units purchased today,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. R-744’s outstanding thermal characteristics enable the energy-efficient NaturaLINE unit to achieve minus 40 degrees Celsius, along with significantly quieter operation, tighter temperature control and with no operating restrictions. Previously, reaching such a low temperature required a container system using a refrigerant with a GWP nearly 4,000 times higher than R-744. Environmentally sustainable refrigerant “TMPR tested NaturaLINE units in our fleet and found that in all temperature ranges, its capabilities surpassed our expectations,” said Jim Wagstaff, vice president operations, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. It’s about leading the industry with environmentally sustainable products, such as NaturaLINE refrigeration units" The NaturaLINE unit’s deep-frozen capacity was an important factor for TMPR when considering moving cargoes, such as ice cream, through the tropics because of the high level of performance required to ensure optimal conditions. According to Wagstaff, the NaturaLINE unit’s use of environmentally sustainable refrigerant supports its pledge to be the most environmentally responsible organization in the maritime industry. “TOTE’s commitment to Puerto Rico is about more than reliable deliveries and exceptional customer service,” said Chris Willman, vice president sales & marketing, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. “It’s about leading the industry with best-in-class, environmentally sustainable products, such as NaturaLINE refrigeration units and our emissions-reducing Marlin-class vessels, the first containerships efficiently powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), providing service to the island since 2015.” Helping clients reduce carbon footprints SeaCube Containers, one of the world’s largest purchasers and lessors of refrigerated containers, has been a proponent of the technologically advanced and innovative NaturaLINE unit as a way to help its clients reduce their carbon footprints. “With this order, we are pleased to be able to help TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in achieving its environmental goals,” said Robert Sappio, CEO, SeaCube. “Through this commitment to NaturaLINE technology, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and SeaCube Containers are helping to advance the container shipping industry toward a more sustainable future,” Appel said.
Carmarthenshire-based food wholesaler Castell Howell has become one of Carrier Transicold’s first UK customers to take delivery of the Vector® HE 19 (High Efficiency), the company’s new flagship trailer refrigeration unit. The new arrival forms part of a larger order of Carrier Transicold systems all aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of the company’s commercial vehicle fleet: Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Engineless Refrigeration Solution The new Vector HE 19 MT (multi-temperature) is mounted to a 13.6-metre double deck trailer – the company’s third – which are all manufactured by Gray & Adams and cooled by Carrier Transicold. It’s always very exciting to be at the forefront of new technology in our industry" As part of Castell Howell’s continuing sustainability drive, six new 15-tonne DAF LF rigid trucks, fitted with Solomon bodies and Carrier Transicold ICELAND TWINCOOL refrigeration systems, will enter service later in the year. The new vehicles represent Castell Howell’s first use of Carrier Transicold’s engineless refrigeration solution. “It’s always very exciting to be at the forefront of new technology in our industry,” said Martin Jones, director of transport operations, Castell Howell. Next-Generation Vector Unit “So getting the opportunity to be one of the first companies to use the next-generation Vector unit was obviously something we jumped at. We’ve been specifying Carrier Transicold equipment for close to 30 years, so we had absolutely no doubt the new Vector would match up to the high standards we have come to expect. Alongside the engineless options for the new rigids, it really was the next logical step for the fleet.” The new Vector HE 19’s ultra-modern re-design includes significantly redeveloped internal architecture that cuts fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, alongside a 10 per cent saving in weight and a noise reduction of 3 dB(A) – which to the human ear equates to a 50 per cent reduction in noise – as well as up to 15 per cent savings on maintenance costs. Lower Running Costs Castell Howell’s six new rigid trucks will also be joined by two new 7.2-tonne Iveco Daily light commercial vehicles “Our trailers operate on intense trunking routes all year round, so the ability to lower running costs across the total life of the unit was a huge draw for us. The reduction in fuel, weight and maintenance costs will all add up to significant savings over time. On top of that, it’s so quiet we have to keep checking it’s not actually on standby!” added Jones. Castell Howell’s six new rigid trucks will also be joined by two new 7.2-tonne Iveco Daily light commercial vehicles, each mounted with Carrier Transicold’s light-weight Pulsor® 600 MT. The new vehicles comprise a mix of additions and replacements to Castell Howell’s 150-strong commercial vehicle fleet. The double deck trailer is expected to cover around 60,000 miles a year, with the new rigid trucks covering close to 40,000 miles on their intensive multi-drop routes. Castell Howell was founded in 1988 and has established itself as Wales’ largest independent wholesaler. Its fleet transports a range of ambient, chilled and frozen products across Wales and the south west of England.
Carrier's award-winning high efficiency AquaForce Vision chiller has been chosen to provide high-quality air conditioning for the new International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales). Carrier, a pioneer in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Located at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort, host of the Ryder Cup and recent NATO Summit, the ICC Wales project is an £83.7m joint venture between the resort’s owners and the Welsh Government. Energy Efficiency And Excellent Environmental Credentials The innovative technology recently won the Air Conditioning Product of the Year 2018 The new convention center, which opens in 2019, will accommodate 5,000 delegates and includes a 4,000 square meter pillar-free main hall, a 1,500 seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500 square meter plaza for outdoor events. Two Carrier AquaForce® Vision chillers equipped with Greenspeed® Intelligence inverter-driven screw compressors were selected to cool the new facility, each delivering 791kW of cooling. The innovative technology recently won the Air Conditioning Product of the Year 2018 in the UK's Cooling Industry Awards, due to its energy efficiency and excellent environmental credentials. The chillers are being deployed in a duty share configuration, with each chiller sized for 58 percent of the diversified load to provide outstanding resilience and continuity of cooling at all times. Integrated Refrigerant Leak Protection Systems Due to the coastal location, the units have been specified with Super Enviroshield® condenser coating that is factory-applied and provides an extra high level of corrosion protection for the high-efficiency all-aluminum heat exchangers. This extremely durable and flexible epoxy coating is uniformly applied over all coil surfaces, completely isolating the metal from the surrounding environment. The chillers are equipped with integrated refrigerant leak protection systems at the request of the client In addition, the chillers are equipped with integrated refrigerant leak protection systems at the request of the client. Peter Davies, director of contractor and installer CMB Engineering, said: "Carrier has a reputation for reliable, well-engineered systems, and the company's senior sales engineer Russ Tyrell provided helpful support throughout the project.” “The efficiency performance of the new 30KAV chiller range is excellent due to the use of inverters that precisely match cooling output to current load. This is highly attractive for end users, as it delivers high quality comfort conditions for occupants, while minimizing running costs and enhancing environmental credentials, all important considerations in the ICC Wales project." Integrated Leak Indication Control Algorithms The AquaForce® Vision chiller offers: Energy savings of 25-35 percent per year compared with conventional chillers, with smart energy monitoring enabling users to track real-time electrical consumption, cooling output and instantaneous efficiency ratios; New inverter-driven Carrier 06Z twin-rotor screw compressors for exceptional efficiency and reliability, and positive displacement compression with wide operating range and no possibility of surge, ensuring resilience and continuity of cooling; Use of Touch Pilot controls, a new generation of integrated controls, including wireless connectivity for ease of use and control; Step-less variable speed air-cooled inverter for increased reliability and efficiency, and low noise as a result of an integrated resonator; Inverter-driven motors ensure negligible start-up current and improved power factor, a major benefit in applications with restricted electrical supply; Third generation Novation micro-channel heat exchanger condenser coils in a new ‘W’ configuration, ensuring maximum condensing in a compact space; Integrated leak indication control algorithms for environmental protection and user assurance; Sixth generation Carrier Flying Bird fan with variable speed AC or EC fan motors for enhanced energy efficiency and low noise; Optional variable speed chilled water pumps with constant pressure differential or constant temperature differential control for enhanced efficiency.
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