Delphi Introduces Innovative Condenser Cooling Fans for the HVAC Market
Fan blade technology can increase energy efficiency by 30 percent to 35 percent
Airflow volume can be increased up to 15 percent without additional power requirements
January 25, 2007 - DALLAS — Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) has launched a new generation of metal axial fans designed for the residential and light commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) market, company officials announced today.
This new product portfolio uses leading-edge air management technology to help HVAC manufacturers design higher efficiency products and ultimately take cost out of their system. Designed for condensing unit and heat pump applications, the portfolio will be featured here at the 2007 AHR Expo, Jan. 29-31 at the Dallas Convention Center (exhibit 5147).
Delphi’s metal axial fan portfolio represents a major technological advancement — one of only a few new developments in metal axial fans for HVAC applications over the last 30 years. Featuring curved blades that manage turbulence and streamline the air after contact with the fan, Delphi’s axial fans offer an unparalleled combination of efficiency improvement and noise control.
This highly streamlined fan blade technology helps HVAC engineers design higher efficiency systems. Using Delphi’s patented fan technology, HVAC manufacturers may significantly reduce the amount of power required to run their condenser fans. Studies performed both by Delphi and major HVAC Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have proven that this blade technology can increase efficiency by 30 percent to 35 percent as compared to other premier fans in the marketplace, which generally focus on noise reduction alone. HVAC OEMs may also be able to use Delphi’s metal axial fans to increase airflow volume by 12 percent to 15 percent without having to increase power to the fan motor.
Since Delphi’s axial fans require less power, HVAC manufacturers may be able to downsize their fan motors or the condenser coils in their systems, to reduce system level expense and satisfy consumer demand for affordable high-efficiency HVAC systems.
Whichever approach they choose, HVAC manufacturers should be able to use Delphi’s metal axial fans to more proficiently meet or exceed the minimum 13 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating now required for all residential HVAC systems. Plus, this improved efficiency does not create a noise penalty - and the noise level often goes down when Delphi’s metal axial fans are used in an HVAC system.
“Our fans give HVAC manufacturers an option that can help them take their systems to higher efficiency levels,” said Ray Johnson, product business unit director, Delphi Thermal Systems. “And our fans can help HVAC manufacturers achieve overall systems cost reductions that can improve their profitability.”
The introduction of Delphi’s condenser fan portfolio for the stationary HVAC market demonstrates the company’s commitment to non-automotive markets. Delphi’s vast experience in the design and manufacturing of HVAC systems for automotive applications translates into a clear understanding of the component needs of non-automotive HVAC manufacturers. In addition, the company is already working on utilizing this technology for indoor furnace blower wheels and housings.
Delphi developed this fan technology through a license agreement with PaxFan, utilizing technology developed by PAX Scientific, Inc., an industrial design firm based in San Rafael, Calif.
“The HVAC industry has seen a lot of air movement technology development in the form of different kinds of fans and related applications,” said Chris Day, Delphi global commercial sales manager. “We believe that our customers, and hopefully their customers, will find the value proposition of the PaxFan technology and Delphi’s application of it truly impressive. There has not been anything else that has advanced the efficiency of metal axial fans in the HVAC market this far forward in a long time.”
Delphi’s fan portfolio features a wide range of sizes for a variety of applications and, in addition to its standardized portfolio, Delphi can customize its products for HVAC manufacturers with unique applications.
For more information about Delphi’s new air movement technology and other components that the company has developed for the stationary HVAC market, visit Exhibit 5147 at the Dallas Convention Center during the 2007 AHR Expo. Additional details are also available from Chris Day or Mark J. Parisi, product line manager, air management systems.
For more information about Delphi and its subsidiaries, visit Delphi’s media room at www.delphi.com/media.
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