February 6, 2017
Danfoss recently opened a test chamber at its new Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center in Tallahassee, FL. The first of three psychrometric rooms, it will accommodate air-conditioning systems up to 12.5 tons. Its purpose is to help the industry in North America prepare to meet low-GWP refrigerant targets and higher energy-efficiency standards.
When the three psychrometric rooms are open the laboratory will have the capability to test air-conditioning systems, including residential equipment and rooftop units from 2.5 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers up to 150 tons.
At the opening event, Stefan Pietrek, senior director – global applications, Danfoss, explained: “The Application Development Center is set up to support testing specifically for the North American air-conditioning segment, comprising rooftop units and chillers in climatic controlled chambers. The test chamber we opened today is designed to test residential air-conditioning and light-commercial equipment of 2.5 to 12.5 TR. We are using the broad Danfoss portfolio of products to offer a complete solution to our customers — including controls, compressors, line components, heat exchangers, and frequency converters. This makes the Application Development Center a unique home for complete innovative solutions.”
“With the broadest portfolio of components to help chiller and rooftop manufacturers achieve bold levels of energy efficiency, Danfoss technologies play an important role in improving how buildings consume energy and impact the world around them,” remarked Jurgen Fischer, president, Danfoss Cooling Solutions. “Danfoss has a long history—more than 80 years—of innovation, and we remain committed to working with our customers to push the boundaries of innovation and energy-efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. This laboratory joins a family of Application Development Centers around the world that are actively working to advance our research and development initiatives and help our customers engineer tomorrow.”
“One of the major drivers behind the significant investment in this Application Development Center is the increasing federal regulations and testing requirements impacting the HVAC/R industry, including aggressive energy-efficiency standards from U.S. Department of Energy and new targets for environmentally-friendly, low-GWP refrigerants from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America. “This Application Development Center will allow us to help our industry prepare for the transition ahead by providing much needed lab capacity to ensure compliance.”
The Center’s other two test chambers—one for up to 50-ton and another for up to 150-ton systems—will open this spring with grand openings planned for June 2017.