Danfoss is celebrating three test chambers at its new Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center in Tallahassee, Florida. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to inaugurate the chamber, which officials said can accommodate air conditioning systems up to 12.5 tons.

“With the broadest portfolio of components to help chiller and rooftop manufacturers achieve bold levels of energy efficiency, Danfoss technologies play an important role in improving how buildings consume energy and impact the world around them,” said Jurgen Fischer, president of Danfoss Cooling Solutions. “Danfoss has a long history — more than 80 years — of innovation, and we remain committed to working with our customers to push the boundaries of innovation and energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. This laboratory joins a family of application development centers around the world that are actively working to advance our research and development initiatives, and help our customers engineer tomorrow.”

The new application development center will feature three sets of psychrometric rooms designed for testing HVAC and refrigeration equipment, including residential equipment and rooftop units from 2.5 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers up to 150 tons.

“One of the major drivers behind the significant investment in this application development center is the increasing federal regulations and testing requirements impacting the HVACR industry, including aggressive energy efficiency standards from the U.S. Department of Energy, and new targets for environmentally friendly, low (global warming-potential) refrigerants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America. “This application development center will allow us to help our industry prepare for the transition ahead by providing much needed lab capacity to ensure compliance.”

The center’s other two test chambers will open in the coming months, officials said.

“The application development center is set up to support testing specifically for the North American air conditioning segment, comprising rooftop units and chillers in climatic controlled chambers,” said Stefan Pietrek, senior director of global applications at Danfoss. “We are using the broad Danfoss portfolio of products to offer a complete solution to our customers, including controls, compressors, line components, heat exchangers and frequency converters. This makes the application development center a unique home for complete innovative solutions.”