Danfoss Breaks Ground on Development Center for Testing HVACR Equipment
Danfoss, a pump manufacturer specializing in high-pressure pumps, energy recovery devices, and valves, has broken ground on a new application development center that will test HVACR equipment. The laboratory will also be responsible for training, as well as the research and development of future innovations.
The new center, the Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center, will be 22,000 square feet at its completion and located in Tallahassee, Florida. The center is an addition to an existing facility that manufacturers Danfoss Turbocor oil-free, magnetic bearing compressors.
“One of the major drivers behind this significant investment is the increasing needs of our customers to comply with the unprecedented number of U.S. EPA and DOE regulations and testing requirements,” says John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America. “We feel it is critical for us to help our industry prepare for the transition ahead to meet low-GWP refrigerant targets and higher energy efficiency levels. There is not enough existing lab capacity in the United States to meet the demands, so this investment will enable our customers to accelerate the path of their next-generation equipment.”
Three sets of psychrometric rooms in the new facility will have the ability to test a wide variety of air-conditioning systems, including residential rooftop units from 2.5 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers up to 150 tons.
“The investment in this application development center coincides with the launch of a new global brand—Engineering Tomorrow—providing technologies and solutions that do more with less today, and a broad portfolio and expertise to meet the world’s growing set of challenges in infrastructure, a safe food supply, energy efficiency, low-GWP, and climate-friendly solutions. Toward that end, we are helping the industry prepare for the regulation and standards shaping our future,” says Galyen.
Local officials present at the groundbreaking ceremony included Tallahassee’s mayor, Leon County Commissioners, representatives from the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee, the Leon County Research & Development Authority, and Florida State University.