The ultra-efficient Turbomiser chiller has won the top innovation award at the Chartered Institute of Building Services (CIBSE) Low Carbon Performance Awards 2010.
UK companies Cool-Therm and Klima-Therm worked closely with Italian manufacturer Geoclima to develop Turbomiser, acclaimed as “probably the most efficient HFC-based chiller in the world.”
The award was presented to Ken Strong, managing director of Cool-Therm, and Roberto Mallozzi, managing director of Klima-Therm, at a glittering awards event at The Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane, before an audience of around 1000 senior industry figures.
It is the latest in a string of awards for the Turbomiser. It recently won the award for Environmental Pioneer – Air Conditioning and Environmental Collaboration of the Year at the UK Cooling Industry Awards.
The Turbomiser uses between a third and a half of the energy required by conventional screw or reciprocating chillers.
This is made possible by the ground-breaking combination of a compact centrifugal compressor with virtually frictionless magnetic bearings, floating head pressure design, LPA low energy free cooling, EC fans, total emersion evaporator and fully integrated dynamic control system.
There are now more than 40 installations across the UK using Turbomiser, including major projects at BAA, Skandia and the MoD. A recent installation at The Dorchester Hotel is saving the client some £10,000 per month in energy costs.
Turbomiser won the CIBSE award in recognition of “outstanding product innovation… that will deliver major carbon savings and make a significant contribution to improving building performance.”
Robert Mallozzi said: “We are obviously delighted to have won CIBSE’s top award for innovation. It reflects a great team effort on the part of everyone involved. We won’t be resting on our laurels, though, the development work continues apace!”
Ken Strong said: “The accolade is a great start to what we are confident will be a highly successful year for Turbomiser. It is a technology whose time has come. We already have a substantial number of projects in the pipeline with clients who are keen to harness the chiller’s outstanding low carbon performance.”
It beat Daikin’s Altherma system to win the top prize in the category.
Development work continues on the chiller, with further innovations in the pipeline promising even greater energy savings.
Left to right: Phil Jones, chairman of the CIBSE Energy Performance Group, Ken Strong, managing director of Cool-Therm, Roberto Mallozzi, managing director of Klima-Therm, and Mike Simpson, president of CIBSE.