Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components, controls, compressors, and variable frequency drives for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, celebrated the grand opening of its “Engineering Tomorrow” Application Development Center in Tallahassee, Florida.
Danfoss’ new customer Application Development Center features three fully-automated test facilities capable of accommodating residential and commercial air-conditioning and heat pump equipment, including rooftop units, from 1.2 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers up to 150 tons. Additionally, the lab will be able to test mildly flammable refrigerants at global nameplate voltages, with real-time data acquisition and performance analysis.
“One of the major drivers behind this significant investment is the increasing federal regulations and testing requirements impacting the HVACR industry, including aggressive energy-efficiency standards from U.S. Department of Energy and new targets for environmentally-friendly, low-GWP refrigerants from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” remarked John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, during the grand opening celebration. “This Application Development Center will enable us to help our industry prepare for the transition by providing much-needed lab capacity to ensure compliance with evolving and future requirements.”
Globally, Danfoss has a network of Application Development Centers to provide industry partners with a collaborative laboratory environment and the application expertise necessary to meet challenges. The Tallahassee Application Development Center will also serve as a competence center for Danfoss research and development activities.
During the ceremony, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum provided Danfoss with a key to the city to signify the company’s investment in the city to drive innovation and efficiency. Following a tour of the Application Development Center, attendees joined Danfoss and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)/Florida State University (FSU) for an innovation demonstration.