Danfoss, manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components, controls, compressors, and variable-frequency drives for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, celebrated the grand opening of its Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center in Tallahassee, Fla., June 27.
The Application Development Center features three fully automated test facilities capable of accommodating residential and commercial air-conditioning and heat-pump equipment, including rooftop units from 1.2 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers up to 150 tons. Additionally, the laboratory will be able to test mildly flammable refrigerants at global nameplate voltages, with real-time data acquisition and performance analysis.
“One of the major drivers behind this significant investment is the increasing federal regulations and testing requirements impacting the HVACR 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,” John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, said. “This Application Development Center will enable us to help our industry prepare for the transition by providing much-needed lab capacity to ensure compliance with evolving and future requirements.”
Globally, Danfoss has a network of Application Development Centers.
“Our objective is to make each of our Application Development Centers a place where local Danfoss application experts work with our customers in a collaborative, innovative environment that accelerates technology and propels business,” Stefan Pietrek, senior director, global applications, Danfoss, said. “This ADC is designed to support testing specifically for the North American air-conditioning market.”
Gregory Handzel, manager of the Application Development Center, added: “This lab enables engineering teams to validate new concepts and develop products and solutions that solve key challenges in today’s market.”
The Tallahassee Application Development Center also will serve as a competence center for Danfoss research and development activities.
During the ceremony, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum presented a key to the city to Danfoss.
"The team at Danfoss has made and continues to make tremendous investments in our community that not only bring good-paying jobs and economic growth, but a level of engagement that is helping Tallahassee define itself as a 21st-century city,” Gillum said. “We are grateful for their partnership and collaboration, and look forward to our continued work together."
Following a tour of the Application Development Center, attendees joined Danfoss and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)/Florida State University (FSU) for an innovation demonstration.
”The Application Development Center will provide the multidisciplinary infrastructure needed for HVAC, where together with our customers and research institutions like FAMU/FSU, we can accelerate innovation and create greater value for all stakeholders,” Ricardo Schneider, president of Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, said.
The grand-opening celebration was attended by Danfoss’ executive committee, regional management, customers, and local officials. Jorgen M. Clausen, chairman of the board, and Kim Fausing, who took over as chief executive officer on July 1, inaugurated the facility with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.