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INDUSTRY NEWS

More than 35,000 visitors and more than 1,000 exhibitors attended Chillventa 2018. One of the awards at the international trade fair highlighted innovation in the cooling sector and outstanding displays of teamwork.

Assistance, Awards Drive
Innovation in Europe

BY WS COMSTOCK, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST

NUREMBERG, GERMANY-Initiatives are

underway in Europe to stimulate the
application of innovative technologies to improve energy efficiency
through government assistance and
award programs.
An example of government assistance is the European Commission's
Horizon 2020 program that promotes breakthrough discoveries.
With a pool of €80 billion aimed at
supplementing private investment
and by coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to
achieve innovative discoveries with
its emphasis on excellent science,
industrial leadership and tackling
societal challenges. The goal is to
ensure Europe produces world-class
science, remove barriers to innovation and make it easier for the public
and private sectors to work together
in delivering innovation.
Other European initiatives center

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on award programs. One of the
award programs recognizing innovation in the cooling sector launched
late last year at the international
trade fair Chillventa. The trade fair
and companion technical congress
attracted 35,000 visitors and experts
in air conditioning, refrigeration
and heat pumps.
A twist to the Chillventa award
program was that it recognized outstanding displays of teamwork along
with design functionality, innovation, cost-effectiveness and operation in four categories of refrigeration and air-conditioning.
In the large-scale refrigeration
category, Duschl Ingenieure was recognized for a new refrigeration supply system for Ecoform Multifol. The
designers switched from a decentralized supply system to a central
refrigeration supply network. The
key to the system's success was the

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optimization of all parameters and
plant components across all systems
to ensure a high level of overall
efficiency. Compared to similar
systems, power savings of 70% were
achieved at a relatively low cost since
most of the improvements focused
on making standard components
work better together.
The air-conditioning systems
award was given for Hotel Nordport
Plaza, a new four-star-plus hotel
opened within sight of Hamburg's
airport. The hotel opened in 2018.
The designer, premero Immobilien
GmbH & Co. KG; main supplier
Daikin Airconditioning Germany
GmbH; and the installation firm,
Climatech Leipzig Montage GmbH,
planned and implemented the
building services strategies. For the
hotel's energy strategy, the owners wanted to use mainly renewable energy sources to minimize
its CO2 emissions. The highlight of
the energy strategy is that geothermal energy meets all heating and
refrigeration needs. Geothermal
wells provide 261 kW of power, and
435 kW of heat sink power is also
available.
In the heat pumps category,
Athoka GmbH designed a new
stand-alone residence for the Büthe
family. The goal was to achieve yearround comfort in terms of heating
and service water while ensuring the
building was both highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
One special aspect of the project was
the installation of Germany's first
air-to-water heat pump using R-32
for underfloor heating and service
water production. A multi-split airto-air heat pump with three terminals ensures air-conditioning comfort in the winter garden, the living


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