2018 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners
October 23, 2017 — The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition (AHR Expo) has announced the winners of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards, an annual competition that honours the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo.
By Ellen Cools
A panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges selected the winners.
The 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners are:
Setra Systems Inc. — Building Automation
Setra Systems won the award for building automation with Setra Flex, a complete room monitoring and control solution. Setra Flex is used to ensure safe and energy-efficient indoor environmental and ventilation control conditions for operating rooms, isolation rooms, bio-safety laboratories, clean rooms and all pressurized critical spaces.
Emerson — Cooling
Emerson won the award for cooling with the latest generation of Copeland Scroll two-stage compressors. The third generation technology is optimized for mid-tier comfort and efficiency rebates with improved full-load and part-load performance up to 5%.
Danfoss — The Green Building
The green building award went to Danfoss for the Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor, a compressor optimized for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications. Engineered for high-lift applications, the compressor features oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing operation for outstanding full- and part-load efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint and reduced maintenance.
AquaMotion Inc. — Plumbing
The award for plumbing went to AquaMotion Inc. for its Aqua-Flash under-sink hot water recirculation system. The Aqua-Flash by-pass valve provides: an improved bypass design that prevents hot water from entering the cold line when the hot water faucet is opened; a bi-metal coil element that closes the internal shuttle by-pass port in the valve when hot water reaches it; and a bi-metal element calibrated to deliver the hot water temperature desired.
Regal — Software
Regal won the software award for the Browning Toolbox Technician Motor Efficiency Calculator, a mobile app for Apple and Android platforms that allows a user to identify efficiency differences between different generations of integral horsepower electric motors.
Triatek — Ventilation
Finally, Triatek won the Ventilation award with the Stable Vortex II Fume Hood. The low-flow, high performance fume hood protects chemists from harmful dusts and vapours during experiments, delivering a safer environment for the user than the average fume hood while also providing energy savings.
The full news item and list of winners can be found here. All photos courtesy AHR Expo 2018 Innovation Awards.