Danfoss, manufacturer of high-efficiency components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, today announced Smardt Chiller Group Inc. is the winner of Danfoss’ seventh annual EnVisioneer of the Year award in recognition of the Smardt Solar Integrated Chiller (SSiC).
Launched in 2010, the EnVisioneer of the Year award competition recognizes North American end users, municipalities, building owners, and original-equipment manufacturers that have introduced a new product, opened a new facility, or invested in a building or system upgrade using Danfoss products or solutions and realized significant energy or environmental savings.
Smardt integrated Danfoss Turbocor oil-free magnetic-bearing compressors with solar-driven condenser fans into its air-cooled centrifugal chillers. The chillers utilize a direct connection of a solar array mounted above the chillers to AC/DC condenser fans through the Smardt SolarLogix controller. The number of fans run by the sun is based on the size of the solar array. As an example of the energy savings achieved, a 15-panel solar array string-mounted above the fans will displace up to 25 percent of the load. As an added design benefit, the fans help to keep the back side of the solar array cool, which improves solar efficiencies. Additionally, the solar array creates shade, which, in turn, slightly cools the air going into the chiller’s condenser coils.
SSiC eliminates the cost of utility-grid equipment through a direct connection to AC/DC fan motors, while the oil-free Danfoss Turbocor compressors help to reduce maintenance and noise. Additionally, with IPLV efficiency improvements of up to 15 percent, the system has proven to have a payback of less than two years in high-cost electricity markets.
The EnVisioneer of the Year award was presented to Smardt’s Vince Canino, global chief operating officer, and Greg Tutwiler, chief technology officer, by John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, and Ricardo Schneider, president, Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, Dec. 5 in Tallahassee, Fla., prior to the inaugural ceremony of the first Danfoss Application Development Center test chamber.
The EnVisioneer of the Year competition is judged and the winner is chosen by an independent third-party panel.
For more information about the EnVisioneer of the Year award program, go to http://www.danfoss.us/news/envisioneer-of-the-year/.