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New electric motor attracts big-name investors

Question: What do Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr have in common? Both are investing in Turntide Technologies, a Silicon Valley start-up that is developing an energy-efficient electric motor.   Turntide Technologies says it has completed an US$80m (A$105m) funding round that was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the clean-tech fund […]

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AHRI releases A2L report for firefighters

The US-based Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has released a test report that examines fire safety issues related to A2L (lower flammability) refrigerants. The fire service requested that data be developed to identify hazards to fire service personnel when responding to fire events in occupancies with the new refrigerants. Undertaken in cooperation with […]

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ebm-papst develops sensor-based building standard

ebm-papst and its digital enterprise, neo, have developed RESET as an international standard for data quality used to quantify the health performance of real estate in real-time. According to the company, RESET is the world’s first sensor-based building standard for commercial buildings and their interior spaces. The standard monitors, communicates, and certifies the air quality […]

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Specialist ventilation system drives containment hood

The McMonty Medihood is a specialist ventilation system designed and developed by the Head of Mechanical Engineering at Melbourne University, Professor Jason Monty, in collaboration with Dr Forbes McGain from Western Health, and Westaflex. Primarily designed for containment of large droplets, the McMonty Medihood is a lightweight containment hood that can be assembled and mounted […]

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Nidec celebrates 50 years of Embraco

Nidec Global Appliance has celebrated the 50th anniversary of Embraco, one of the company’s global brands in refrigeration technology for the home appliance and commercial cold chain markets. Embraco was integrated into the Nidec Global Appliance division, following its acquisition by Nidec Corporation in July 2019. Nidec Global Appliance is organised into three business units: […]

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New study looks at ideal placement of air purifiers

Researchers from the Department of Engineering, University of Minnesota, have published findings on the efficacy of air purifiers in achieving ventilation rates close to values prescribed by the World Health Organization. The same report claims that purifiers also help to achieve aerosol removal times within the Center of Disease Control and Prevention recommended guidelines. The […]

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AAD opens new branch in Baywater

Australian Airconditioning Distributors (AAD) recently announced the opening of its superstore in Bayswater, situated within Melbourne’s North East. The store, on Turbo Drive in Bayswater, features 2,200m² of warehouse space and is set on 4,000m² of land. The company says the location is ideal for servicing HVAC trades in Bayswater and surrounding areas, in anticipation […]

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Study predicts that oceans will emit CFCs

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are predicting that the world’s oceans, long regarded a stable repository of CFCs drawn from the atmosphere, will emit more CFC-11 back into the atmosphere than they absorb by 2075. Although used as tracers to study ocean currents, marine CFCs have always been regarded as having negligible […]