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Heating and Cooling

Fan manufacturer focuses on R&D amid challenging economy

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Owing to the sluggish local and global economy, South African fan manufacturer CFW Fans is homing in on research and development (R&D), particularly in terms of developing large fans for heavy industry and mining, says CFW Gauteng branch manager Bart Ziemski. 

Efficient solutions for economical heat and steam generation

18th September 2015 Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann announced in March that it is introducing new high-pressure steam boilers into the market this year. 

Small thermal oil heater to be released next month

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies will launch its new Apek-mini thermal oil heater onto the South African market next month, says Energas product engineer Laetitia Botha. 

Industrial elements manufacturer upgrades technology  

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Benoni-based industrial elements manufacturer Independent Elements is adopting a number of new technologies that will enhance the reliability of the company’s product range, says Independent Elements chairperson Harry Flowers. 

Industrial elements manufacturer upgrades technology
Independent Elements chairperson Harry Flowers discusses the company’s operations amid a trying economy

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning solutions provider Carrier is installing a 6 MW district cooling plant that uses the cold Atlantic seawater in the harbour, at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, to provide cooling for the property’s Silo District development, says Carrier business development... 

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology
SMOOTH SAILING The final phase of the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district is on track for completion in early 2017 at a substantial investment of R1.5-billion

End-to-end operation optimises all chilled water plant components

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Up to 40% of the energy consumed by a building’s cooling system can be saved by designing an end-to-end solution that monitors, controls and operates all the components of the system, says Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron. 

End-to-end operation  optimises all chilled  water plant components
NEIL CAMERON Johnson Controls aims to question the practicality of most cooling systems

BIM enhances HVAC installations

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Building information modelling (BIM) enables quicker, more economical and more sustainable installation of heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems, says mechanical pipe-joining service provider Victaulic, which has helped in the BIM stage of development of numerous projects, including the... 

BIM enhances  HVAC installations
INTERSECTING EXPERTISE BIM promotes collaboration between architects, engineers, contractors and owners

Energy-saving unit ideal for SA energy needs

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 South Africa is implementing stricter electricity- and water-saving regulations, which will automatically create opportunity for those operating in the green solutions industry, as companies and individuals will be forced to consider alternative heating and cooling solutions, says green building... 

Energy-saving unit ideal for SA energy needs
SOPHISTICATION The system is supported by a sophisticated automation system that enables the user to save money without compromising comfort

Couplings manufacturer extends product range

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has extended its patented installation-ready line, making Style 107 QuickVic rigid couplings for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems available in DN250-DN300 10- and 12-inch sizes. The additional sizes provide more... 

Couplings manufacturer extends product range
EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITY The additional sizes provide more opportunities for contractors, engineers and owners to increase efficiency by reducing installation time and increasing safety

HVAC OEM signs contract with naval vessels supplier

6th February 2015 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Booyco Engineering has recently completed a contract to manufacture heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment for two ship sets, which will be supplied by an international naval vessels OEM for a major North African end-user. The contract,... 

HVAC OEM signs contract with naval vessels supplier
JEREMY POUGNET The company complies with global standards, as is evidenced by its Bureau Veritas accreditation

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 With industrial processes placing an ever-increasing demand on the environment, it is imperative for equipment manufacturers to streamline product development processes with energy conservation, energy management and the preservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable future, says... 

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability
Photo by reuters
SUSTAINABLITY The design of the coolers and condensers offers improved system efficiency and environmental responsibility by reducing water and electricity use

Heat exchangers recover and recycle excess and wasted energy

6th February 2015 The heat generated during copper production extraction processes can be harnessed and transferred back into the system using heat exchangers, resulting in significant energy savings and unparalleled yield, says evaporative water cooling specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) CEO Roger Rusch.... 

Copper used in HVAC systems to reduce air contamination

6th February 2015 Microbial growth in heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with the subsequent contamination of indoor air is of increasing concern, as airborne bacteria and fungi have the potential to adversely impact human health by causing infections, allergic responses or toxic effects, says... 

Improved range of heat pumps introduced

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 Technology group Johnson Controls’ latest offering in its York YLRA pump series – the air-to-water reversible heat pump YLRA – was launched in August last year to replace the discontinued YLAE HP pump. The YLRA heat pump features several new technological advances, including a more ecofriendly... 

Ventilated airflow integral to business operations

6th February 2015 Digital air solutions that cater for well-regulated, ventilated airflow and temperature control within the workplace form an integral part of employee productivity and equipment longevity, says technology company Samsung South Africa. However, with the wide range of appliances currently available... 

Preliminary design of refrigeration system concluded

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Engineering and design company WSP Africa completed the preliminary design of an ammonia-based refrigeration system for Malaysian retailer Giant in June this year. WSP technical director Kobus de Villiers notes that the project has been delayed by three months, as the project team waited for the... 

Preliminary design of refrigeration system concluded
Photo by Orange Ink
3D MODELLING Using the 3D modelling software complete with associated engineering data helped to prevent the project from stalling

Modular HVAC system improves efficiency

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Technology group Johnson Controls launched its mini-chiller heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) solution, which can be used in series as a modular solution, in May this year. Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil Cameron notes that the South African market is not ideal for... 

HVAC solution delivered to Limpopo hospital

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Johannesburg-based air-conditioning solutions provider Fourways Airconditioning is supplying heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to private hospital chain Netcare’s Polokwane hospital, in Limpopo. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015. 

HVAC solution  delivered to Limpopo hospital
Photo by Fourways Airconditioning
CONTROLLER CHALLENGES The biggest challenge during the project was linking the controls of the digital variable multi system to the direct expansion air-handling units

Polyurea coatings used in waterproofing and insulation applications

19th September 2014 Specialised construction products supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals Chryso Southern Africa Group has expanded its range of Germany-based industrial adhesive and coatings systems provider Voelkel Industrie Produkte (VIP) polyurea coatings to include systems for specific waterproofing... 

HVAC installation to prevent Sistine Chapel deterioration

19th September 2014 The governate of the Vatican City State and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technology company Carrier announced the start of the installation of a landmark HVAC system for the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican, in June, which is specially designed to address the challenges of... 

Water cooling company attends Electra Mining 2014

19th September 2014 Specialist water cooling solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) joined the continent’s heavyweights in mining, industrial, construction, engineering and related industries at the Electra Mining Africa 2014 exhibition, which took place from September 15 to 19, at the Expo Centre... 

New temperature controller launched in SA

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Global energy management specialists Schneider Electric announced at its Xperience Efficiency event in Johannesburg, which took place last month, that the new range of Zelio temperature controllers and accessories is now available to the South African market. These key components are used for... 

Gold mine orders ice cooling system

19th September 2014 Germany-based refrigeration company KTI-Plersch Kältetechnik announced last month that it received a large order to cool a South African gold mine with a surface ice system, which will be used to cool the two-kilometre-deep mine and will provide a total capacity of 8 MW. The company explains that... 

Warehouse chain investing in cost effective heating and cooling

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th February 2014 Local warehouse chain Makro has been investing in cost-effective ways of heating and cooling its warehouses and refrigeration systems, says store development manager Alan Walker. He adds that Makro introduced an initiative to construct “new generation stores” that would be designed for energy... 

Insulation offers ecofriendly approach to heating and cooling

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th February 2014 Eco-friendly heating and cooling solutions provider Eco-Insulation says its passive approach to energy use – stopping heat from leaving and entering building spaces – is the best method of heating and cooling areas for domestic and office use. Eco-Insulation GM Richard Ellis says this is because... 

Company’s HVAC products now available on three-dimensional software

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th February 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has announced the availability of its full range of global piping systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products in building information modelling three-dimension or 3D design software MagiCAD, which enables the... 

First counterflow indirect evaporative cooling system installed at car dealership  

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th February 2014 In a bid to contribute to energy conservation in South Africa, car manufacturer Ford has installed the first counter-flow indirect evaporative cooling system in the country at its Action Ford dealership, in Krugersdorp, says dealership dealer principal Hartogh Streicher. The system is functioning... 

First counterflow indirect evaporative cooling system installed at car dealership
Action Ford Krugersdorp dealer principal Hartogh Streicher discusses the benefits of an indirect evaporative cooling system. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams.

High efficiency waste heat recovery Q-Box system launched in South Africa

17th January 2014 Q-Power South Africa has introduced an advanced energy saving system for industrial boilers, the Q-Box system, to the local market. The company, which was appointed the sole local distributors for the system by Holland-based Q-Power in mid-2013, claims that the internationally proven system... 

High efficiency waste heat recovery Q-Box system launched in South Africa
Photo by Q Power
Q-Boxes installed on either side of the exhaust stack in a fertilizer factory. This clearly shows how the Q-Boxes isolate the flue gas from the medium requiring heating (contained in the piping behind the stack), thereby preventing contamination in the event of a failure. Protection against contamination is further assured by the fact that the Q-Pipes in the Q-Box batteries are isolated from each other

Project to supply Durban with heat pumps and solar water heaters

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 The eThekwini municipality has registered its second clean development mechanism (CDM) project with the United Nations. The solar water heater and solar pump installation project was finalised as a CDM programme of activities (PoA) in July and is valid until June 2040. eThekwini municipality... 

Project to supply Durban with heat pumps and solar water heaters
KEEPING IT CLEAN The eThekwini municipality aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by rolling out energy efficient water heating technologies throughout Durban by 2050

Company plans to localise part of operation, creating new jobs

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Energy efficient technology solutions provider i4 Power Technology  (i4PT) group plans to start manufacturing some its products locally, including its heating and cooling solutions, in the next 9 to 12 months, i4 Group CEO Ajay Jekison tells Engineering News. He says the company currently... 

Company plans to localise part of operation, creating new jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
SOLAR GEYSERS SHARE i4 Power Technology holds an 86% share in the manufacturing rights of solar thermal technology manufacturer Genersys Solar’s solar water heaters in South Africa

Geothermal systems installed at Steyn City development

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Geothermal technologies are increasingly becoming a global means of effectively heating and cooling industrial and residential buildings, owing to rising electricity costs and increasing levels of consumer environmental awareness, says local environmental contracting company Environmental... 

Geothermal systems installed at Steyn City development
PALAZZO STEYN Environmental Drilling & Remediation Services in July completed the installation of 18 borehole closed-loop geothermal heat pump systems at the private residence of South African billionaire Douw Steyn’s Palazzo Steyn

Several ranges of air-conditioning systems launched in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Technology manufacturer Samsung South Africa has introduced several ranges of air-conditioning systems this year, which are specifically tailored to African conditions, states divisional head of digital air solutions Michael Mckechnie. He tells Engineering News that Samsung South Africa launched... 

Several ranges of air-conditioning systems launched in SA
MICHAEL MCKECHNIE Samsung's Digital Variable Multisystem Plus S range of air-conditioning systems has been well received by the market and especially by consulting engineers

Energy efficient system makes inroads in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Companies are aiming to achieve a balance between cost-effective sustainable energy efficiency and ensuring their facilities possess high-quality heating and cooling systems, US technology group Johnson Controls Systems & Building Efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron tells Engineering News. It is... 

Underfloor heating and heat pumps prove popular

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Floor heating systems and heat pump inverters are sustainable building solutions company Kyasol’s most popular and reliable way of heating or cooling a room, says Kyasol project engineer Istvan Nyul. He says if these systems are combined with photovoltaic power generation, the heat pump sources... 

Underfloor heating and heat pumps prove popular
POPULAR CHOICE Heat pumps are more versatile as they can heat a room, produce hot water and switch modes to provide cooling in summer

Company contemplates introducing new products

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Heating and cooling solutions provider Home Heating manager Cobus Roux tells Engineering News that the company is investigating the possibility of introducing pellet stoves and oil burners to expand customer choice while consolidating its existing range of heating and cooling systems. He explains... 

Cellulose-fibre insulation an increasingly popular product

By: Ilan Solomons     20th September 2013 Cellulose-fibre insulation can substantially reduce the energy required for heating and cooling buildings during the process of continuous heat generation or heat extraction, and it is being used in new and retrofit projects, states Cape Town-based green insulation developer Eco-Insulation GM... 

Cellulose-fibre insulation an increasingly popular product
Photo by Gareth Griffiths Imaging
CELLULOSE-FIBRE INSULATIONInsulation passively provides heating and cooling solutions for buildings

Dairy processing plant most energy efficient in southern hemisphere

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th February 2013 The integration of Swedish technology into local dairy company Coega Dairy’s processing plant at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth, has elevated the plant’s status to the “most environment-friendly and energy efficient operation in the southern hemisphere”, according to... 

Water-cooling company enters heat exchanger market, launches new division

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th February 2013 Water-cooling company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has entered into an agreement with Danish plate heat exchanger manufacturer Sondex to supply its products in sub-Saharan Africa, as part of IWC’s objective to expand its product and service offering.  

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