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Controlled Climate Test Facility

We're testing the performance of different air conditioning components under various climatic conditions.

This helps us to work with product designers and manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial air conditioning systems.

Come take a virtual tour of our Controlled Climate Test Facility.

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Narrator: In Australia air conditioning and refrigeration consumes over 20% of all produced electricity and is responsible for around 50% of peak demand on the electricity system.

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Our controlled climate test facility tests the performance of air conditioning components under different climatic conditions to help improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial air conditioning systems.

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This includes testing commercial evaporative coolers, heat exchanges and desiccant wheels to determine how they perform in a range of climatic conditions as well as new break-through components we have developed.

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These silver ducts are where two separate air streams are created, hot or cold or humid or dry.

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We can set a range from 0 to 90° C and 10 to 95% humidity

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to mimic real conditions from across the globe such as hot and dry like you would find in the Sahara Desert or hot and humid like you would find in Darwin.  Why do we do this?

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Because we can push different technologies to the limit to see what works best and how to make improvements to help reduce energy use and costs.

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Our innovation isn’t just happening in a lab.

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It’s in the real world too including an Education Building at Hamilton TAFE in New South Wales and Stockland Shopping Centre in Ballarat Victoria.  We’re continuing to work with our partners both locally and globally to help deliver a lower emissions future.

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