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Heating and Cooling

Remote-controlled geysers reduce risk of blackouts  

By: Natalie Greve     17th February 2012 The implementation of government’s Residential Load Management (RLM) programme, which allows the municipal control of residential geysers, is resulting in the efficient use of peak-time electricity, and is reducing the risk of possible blackouts, reports State-owned utility Eskom. 

Cellulose fibre insulation reduces energy consumption

By: Natalie Greve     17th February 2012 Insulating your home with cellulose fibre insulation material sourced from recycled newsprint could significantly reduce the energy required for heating and cooling, owing to its low energy content, asserts Cape Town-based green insulation developer Eco-Insulation. 

Geothermal systems a long-term investment in efficiency 

By: Natalie Greve     17th February 2012 Although the purchase of a geothermal heat system is a long-term investment in energy efficiency, and may take up to 15 years before a return on investment is realised, it is one of the most effective green heating and cooling technologies available, asserts sustainable building solutions company... 

Around 215 000 solar water heaters installed 

By: Natalie Greve     17th February 2012 About 215 000 solar water heater (SWH) systems have been installed nationally to date as part of the South African National SWH Strategy and Implementation Plan of 2009. 

Manufacturers await efficiency regulation clarity

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 Many manufacturers are holding back on the development of new motor-powered heating or cooling technologies until there is clarity on international efficiency standards for electric motors, says ventilation company Systemair MD Ian Roelofse. 

Supplier awarded R16m heat exchanger contract

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 Supplier of air-cooled heat exchangers GEA Aircooled Systems has been awarded a R16-million contract to manufacture an Incoloy 800 air-cooled heat exchanger, with serpentine pass arrangement, at energy and chemicals group Sasol Synthetic Fuels, in Secunda. 

Latest chiller technology installed for financial institution

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 Energy efficiency solutions provider Johnson Controls Systems & Services South Africa is currently installing nine of its latest variable speed drive (VSD) centifical chillers at the premises of financial institution First National Bank (FNB), in Gauteng.  

Company to start local manufacture of cooling system

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 Precision cooling products manufacturer AIAC Air Conditioning will start the local manufacture of parent company Airedale International’s latest cooling system, in September. 

Air-conditioning engineers form beneficial partnership

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 Air-conditioning engineers and contractors specialist company Luwa South Africa, a division of Actom, has formed a close corporation with industrial dust extraction and gas cleaning systems provider Actom Air Pollution Control and fan supplier Fläkt Woods.  

Remote temperature monitoring system introduced

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 Wireless specialist solutions provider Ikhaya Automation Systems has extended its product range to include the SubZaro, a real-time remote temperature monitoring system used in refrigerated vehicles, cold server rooms, chillers and freezers. 

Largest temperature unit designed for large moulding machines

16th September 2011 Cape Town-based injection moulding firm Jenowill Services has supplied its largest-ever Regloplas system to a South African pressure diecasting company. 

Building insulation to gain popularity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th September 2011 The use of insulation and passive design in buildings will gain momentum as the cost of energy rises and energy demand exceeds production, says expanded polystyrene producer Automa Multi Styrene project manager Dirk Cajada. 

Need to save energy driving technology refinement

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2011 Global imperatives to save energy and to develop more energy-efficient systems are driving the refinement of current refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, as well as the development of innovative techniques, says South African Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association... 

Green building a rising trend, but building industry depressed

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2011 Designing environment-friendly buildings is a rising trend in the construction industry, but a depressed construction market in South Africa means that industries dependent on the construction of new structures expect a slow 2011, says South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors... 

Cogeneration and trigeneration opportunities for SA companies

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2011 German energy generation and engineering company AGO Energie + Anlagen (AGO), and its South African subsidiary AGO Energy, sees potential for companies in South Africa to generate electricity through cogeneration or trigeneration, while using the excess thermal energy for heating or cooling... 

VSD motors adjust to meet airflow needs

11th February 2011 International drive and alternator manufacturer Leroy-Somer’s Varmeca variable speed drive (VSD) motors are used in heating and cooling applications to control the flow rate of fans by automatically adjusting their speed to meet the required airflow. 

New air conditioning units launched

11th February 2011 The latest York console air-conditioning units, manufactured by diversified technology and energy efficiency company Johnson Controls, uses the R410a gas refrigerant that has no ozone-depleting potential, says Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron. 

Insulation key to reducing costs 

17th September 2010 With the rapidly rising cost of energy, more people are becoming aware of the importance of insulating their homes and businesses to save money, says insulation manufacturer Thermguard MD Mark Stannard.

He explains that there is significant awareness about the environmental benefits of using... 

Specialist focuses on 
expanding into new markets

By: Tracy Hancock     17th September 2010 After a steady growth pattern over the past 25 years, specialist in mobile air-conditioning units Booyco Engineering is focusing on expanding into new markets in South Africa, as well as internationally.

Booyco Engineering MD Pieter de Koning says that celebrating the company’s twenty-fifth... 

Institute focuses on education to secure industry’s future

By: Tracy Hancock     17th September 2010 While there are significant opportunities for individuals prepared to study and excel in the science of refrigeration and air-conditioning, a challenge experienced in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry is the lack of education, says the South... 

New cost-effective pipe fitting system

By: Tracy Hancock     17th September 2010 he use of the cost-effective polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) Plomyclick push-fit connection system for crosslinked polyethylene (PE-X) and multilayer pipes (MLP) comprising PE-X, aluminium and PE-X pipes (MLP) for applications, such as underfloor heating, has proved popular, reports manufacturer of... 

Refrigeration plants 
installed for three 
breweries in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     17th September 2010 WSP Refrigeration has supplied an ammonia refrigeration plant, boiler and steam raising system, a compressed air system and power electrics, including stand-by generators, for three of global brewer SABMiller’s breweries in Africa.

The contract value for the work completed at the Luanda North... 

New feature reduces time for restarting chillers

12th February 2010  

Incinerator designed 
for diagnostic veterinary laboratory

12th February 2010 Manufacturer, supplier 
and maintainer of 
industrial and commercial equipment Ai-Tec has completed the fabrication and installation of a specially 
designed incinerator at its manufacturing facility, Macrotec, for KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial 
diagnostic veterinary laboratory, Allerton... 

Holistic energy audits will contribute to efficient building management

By: Lindsey Berry     12th February 2010 Energy audits that assess all aspects of energy consumption will significantly benefit energy efficiency initiatives for buildings, says South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) energy efficiency task team head Douw de Kock. 

New pressure equipment regulations in place

By: Lindsey Berry     12th February 2010 New pressure equipment regulations governing the handling, installation and maintenance of pressure equipment, which will have a significant effect on businesses in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry, is now in effect and will be implemented during the course of this year. 

demand for 
design software

By: Lindsey Berry     12th February 2010 There is a steady increase in demand for refrigeration and air-conditioning 
design software, says design software company Technisolve MD Bruce Wernick. 

Local company develops air-conditioning system for buses

By: Lindsey Berry     12th February 2010  

Bottom line can 
outweigh initial 
cost of installation

18th September 2009 With the current global economic downturn, many companies tend to disregard issues, such as the ingress of hot or cold air, dust and insects into production and manufacturing environments. However, there are alternatives available that can add to the bottom line of a company, outweighing the... 

Manufacturer invests R6m in high-pressure moulding machine

By: Carla Thomaz     18th September 2009 Manufacturer of insulated panels Dalucon Refrigeration Products (DRP) has invested R6-million in a new high-pressure polyurethane injected moulding machine at its factory in Centurion.  

Orders heat up for variable speed drive chiller

By: Carla Thomaz     18th September 2009 Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC) solutions company Johnson Controls Systems & Services South Africa reports that orders for its YCIV variable-speed drive (VSD) chiller continue to stream in both locally and across South African borders, despite the current... 

New temperature 
controllers launched

18th September 2009 Automation engineering technology provider Omron Electronics has released new E5_N-H temperature controllers with built-in logic and data-bank functions. 

Mobile air-conditioning manufacturer expands 
global footprint

By: Carla Thomaz     18th September 2009 Following a successful year, specialist mobile air-conditioning manufacturer Booyco Engineering has taken a strategic view and is looking internationally to broaden its base creating a growth spurt going forward to increase its volumes in business. 

Cooling technology 
to be released locally

By: Carla Thomaz     18th September 2009 International climate control solution company Seeley International has announced that South African-based cooling and ventilation company TurboVent will be launching its innovative cooling product the Climate Wizard, this October and will become available throughout Africa in early 2010. 

Cooling tower manufacturer completes acquisition

18th September 2009 Cooling tower manufacturer Evapco Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Evapco Incorporated, has successfully finalised the acquisition of Danish dry cooler manufacturer Flex Coil. 

Black-owned SMMEs struggle to make inroads 

By: Carla Thomaz     18th September 2009 Small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) play a significant role in sustaining the South African economy, but in a market that is competing with international imports, black-owned SMMEs are struggling to make significant inroads in the heating and cooling industry, says black... 

Cooling company proactive amid chilling economic climate

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th February 2009 Cooling equipment manufacturer and supplier Evapco reports that the company will supply cooling equipment to a number of government-sponsored and approved infrastructure developments during 2009. 

Affordable solar power for local market 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th February 2009 Solar heating specialists Solar Heat Exchangers has launched a new solar heating system, the Giosol range, to supply the South African market with a more affordable solar heating option. 

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