HVAC R&D center opens
Daikin and McQuay open $50 million Applied Development Center to develop sustainable HVAC solutions for markets worldwide.
Following its grand opening
on May 20, 2009, the new Daikin McQuay Applied Development Center has opened its doors in Plymouth, Minn., to research and development of
innovative, high efficiency HVAC technologies that support the environment and
provide reliable solutions for customers worldwide. The purpose of the new
center is to develop and test advanced chiller, compressor, and other HVAC
technologies to reduce energy consumption and ultimately the carbon footprint
of the buildings where they will be used.
The 49,000-sq-ft research
center , located at McQuay world headquarters in Plymouth, Minn.,
is the world’s most advanced facility for HVAC research and development,
according to McQuay. The facility includes six test cells, with space for two
additional cells in the future, that will facilitate the development of air-
and water-cooled chillers, compressors, and heat pumps as well as new air conditioning
systems. Included are a worldwide range of electrical
voltages/frequencies, capacities for testing up to 1,800-ton systems, and a
range of procedures for testing ambient conditions (temperature and
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