2021 brings great news for Geoclima USA

Even in these complicated times, our growth does not stop. For Geoclima USA, in fact, the new year begins with very interesting prospects.

First of all, thanks to our great network of representatives, we completed three important projects for Oregon, California and Canada. These are projects with a high technological content, a sign of the fact that the American market is beginning to appreciate our solutions more and more.

But above all, we have chosen to move the headquarters from Dallas to Chicago, where we will also be able to count on a warehouse for spare parts and specialized service.

It is an important step because it will allow us to better support the North American market and offer a more complete and faster service to our customers.

New partnerships for Geoclima USA

We are pleased to announce that we have signed two more collaboration agreements for the North American market.

For over three decades Longhill Energy has become known for its specialty “niche” products that offer advantages in terms of design quality, energy efficiency and overall performance. Having grown to represent nearly thirty manufacturers, Longhill staff pride themselves on being able to offer a solution to some of the most challenging designs by working closely with consulting engineers, contractors, and owners.

Mechanical X Advantage is a recently founded company but structured to offer complete HVAC solutions, with particular attention to Mission Critical applications. The team of mechanical and electrical sales engineers is specialized to follow any type of project, from the smallest to large-scale cloud-based operations. And it offers maintenance, installation and assistance services, in close collaboration with contractors and engineering consulting firms.

Thanks to these two new collaborations, we will be able to spread our technology even more widely throughout North America.

Geoclima is ERP Ready

Geoclima is “ERP Ready” and anticipates the new regulations

Turbomiser by Geoclima largely exceeds all new minimum levels of efficiency, while ensuring the lowest environmental impact and up to 50% of energy savings.

On the 1st of January 2018 the EU Regulation 2016/2281 has officially come into force: the new regulation establishes the new minimum efficiency values for the air cooling and refrigeration units that are sold and installed in the European Union.

This Regulation implements the ErP (Energy related Products) Directive 2009/125/EC, establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products. The purpose is to progressively increase the efficiency of the machines installed on the European territory in order to reduce energy consumption, with consequent advantages both in economic and environmental terms.

The regulation establishes new minimum levels of efficiency and performance for different types of units depending on the type of application: the calculation is made over the entire life cycle of the machine, taking into account the actual operating conditions. There is therefore a clear distinction between comfort cooling applications – which involve seasonal operation – and process cooling applications – where the operation of the machine is not subject to seasonal variations. New more stringent limits will come into force in 2021.

Geoclima’s solutions – ERP READY

Geoclima is today able to provide “ERP READY” solutions with efficiency levels largely above the minimum values which will be set starting from 2021.

The Turbomiser range of chillers (including the new Circlemiser series), with the oil-free Turbocor compressors, ensures very high efficiency levels, resulting as the most efficient chiller on the HVAC market, for both comfort cooling and process cooling applications, at both full and partial load. As a further assurance for end users, efficiency values of our Turbomiser chillers are guaranteed by AHRI certification, both for air cooled (ACCL) and water cooled (WCCL) units.

In addition to this, the combination with the low GWP refrigerant HFO-1234ze ensures very high efficiency levels together with minimum environmental impact, thus making Turbomiser the best technology in terms of efficiency, performance and environmental impact.

COMFORT COOLING

For comfort cooling products, the new European regulation set the minimum space seasonal cooling energy efficiency level, expressed as ηs,c

The minimum values set by EU Regulation 2016/2281 Turbomiser
Units 01/01/2018 01/01/2021 Today
Air cooled < 400 kW 149 (3.8) 161 (4.1) 5.0
> 400 kW 161 (4.1) 179 (4.6) 5.6
Water cooled < 400 kW 196 (5.0) 200 (5.1) 7.1
400 – 1500 kW 227 (5.8) 252 (6.4) 7.6
> 1500 kW 245 (6.2) 272 (6.9) 8.1

 

PROCESS COOLING

For process cooling chillers, the new European regulation set the new seasonal energy performance ratio (SEPR)

The minimum values set by EU Regulation 2016/2281 Turbomiser
Units 01/01/2018 01/01/2021 Today
Air cooled < 400 kW 4.5 5.0 6.1
> 400 kW 5.0 5.5 6.6
Water cooled < 400 kW 6.5 7.0 9.5
400 – 1500 kW 7.5 8.0 10.6
> 1500 kW 8.0 8.5 11.2

 

Benefits of Turbomiser technology

  • Ultra-efficient technology – largely above the minimum efficiency levels
  • Low environmental impact – combination with low GWP refrigerant HFO-1234ze
  • Energy (and money) savings from 30 % up to 50% compared to traditional technologies
  • Efficiency and performance guaranteed by AHRI certification (ACCL and WCCL)
  • Maximum efficiency for both comfort cooling and process cooling
  • Reliable technology: first Turbomiser chiller – 2006 / first Turbomiser with HFO – 2012
air quality in hospitals

Hospitals: reliable HVAC system is a key factor

Hospitals are very complex areas, where indoor air plays an essential role. As the study conducted by Dr Allen shows – we wrote about it in our latest post – a good indoor environmental quality within hospitals and care facilities brings significant benefits to both patients and staff. For instance, surveys reveal that in “green hospitals” there are fewer blood stream and nosocomial infections and fewer deaths among patients, there also is a higher quality of care and, as a result of all these factor, faster recoveries.

Bearing all this in mind, it is clear that indoor air is a key aspect with great impact on the overall ambient conditions. Many factors influence IAQ (indoor air quality) within hospitals: patients, staff, outdoor air and the building itself.

Patients are the main reason to ensure a high quality environment and, at the same time, are the main source of contaminants. Staff are always in contact with contaminants and, then, are a good vehicle for bacteria. As for outdoor air and building structure, it is clear that they are essential factors: dirty rooms and uncontrolled temperature and humidity may be dangerous for both patients and staff.

To ensure the best indoor air quality and a stable environment, relying on a proven, efficient and highly reliable cooling equipment is fundamental. Temperature and humidity levels must be kept under control, especially in particularly critical rooms, such as operating theatres and laboratories. At the same time, it is also important to reduce acoustic emissions and vibrations, as they are fundamental aspects that impact the general comfort within the hospital, for both patients and staff.

In such a complex scenario, HVAC systems must be designed with the greatest care and customised to meet all specific requirements and deliver the best performance and conditions.

Efficiency, great performance and reliability are important aspects in all air conditioning systems, but become essential in HVAC systems that must be installed in hospitals and care facilities.

Geoclima has developed many units for almost 20 projects for hospitals around the world, ensuring not only great performance and the highest reliability, but also state-of-the-art controls to always monitor the operation of the units and, as a consequence, to keep indoor air quality always under control.

Here are a couple of case studies about Geoclima units installed in hospitals. One is about the University Hospital of Wales and the other one is about the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. Both projects concerned Turbomiser chillers, which turn out to be a very good solution for this type of applications.

The oil-free magnetic bearing Turbocor compressor is the cleanest and greenest compressor for HVAC systems available on the market today, as it requires no oil, no oil filters, no oil pumps, no crankcase heater and thanks to its lean structure and the limited number of components and moving parts, the risk of refrigerant leakage is dramatically reduced. Turbomiser units are also a very good solution as far as noise emissions are concerned: with the frictionless compressor, Turbomiser units provide very quiet operation, with sensitive results in terms of comfort.

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green buildings

Green buildings bring health benefits

A recent review of studies conducted by Dr. Joseph Allen and fellow researchers highlights the relationship between working and living in green buildings and human health.
According to the review, people working and/or living in green buildings, defined and certified by LEED as minimising impact on the environment by reducing the use of energy and water, recognize important benefits in their health. Direct benefits concern:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Building cleanliness
  • Less exposure to allergens and similar
  • Higher productivity and lower absenteeism

In our latest post we reported the study about the relationship between sustainability in buildings and their financial performance, emphasising that what is good for environment is good for business. With this new research we can add that what is good for environment is good for health in general.
To sum up, we can say that there are so many reasons to go green that there are no more excuses for not going.

Read here the review and the related articles:

www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/springer-select/why-not-build-houses-the-environmentally-friendly-way-/693778

rd.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40572-015-0063-y

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150709093046.htm

www.intelligentbuildingtoday.com/2015/07/10/how-a-green-building-influences-the-health-of-its-occupants