Washington, August 16 (ANI): Tests have shown that a new air-conditioner developed by a company in the US can cool a typical big-box store with less than half the energy needed by conventional cooling units.
The five-ton commercial rooftop unit, developed by Coolerado Corp. of Denver, US, was also the first certified winner of the UC (University of California) Davis "Western Cooling Challenge".Coolerado's entry in the Western Cooling Challenge was the first to take our rigorous tests at the Advanced HVAC Lab at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado," said Mark Modera, director of the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center.
"We are extremely pleased to announce that Coolerado's product exceeded our expectations. While our target was a 40 percent reduction in energy use and peak electricity demand compared to conventional cooling units, the Coolerado H-80 tests indicate almost 80 percent energy-use savings and over 60 percent peak-demand reduction," he added.
According to Coolerado CEO Mike Luby, his company's five-ton H-80 rooftop unit is designed principally for light commercial buildings.
One H-80 is able to cool 1,500 to 3,000 square feet of commercial floor area.
"Coolerado would not have taken on the big task of producing this exceptional product had it not been for the challenge laid down by the Western Cooling Efficiency Center," Luby said.
Launched in June 2008, the UC Davis Western Cooling Challenge is a program of activities designed to help cooling-unit manufacturers deliver better products, and to help building wners install and use those products in their new and existing low-rise, nonresidential buildings (such as suburban retail and office buildings). (ANI)