A Danfoss compressor has been given a green HVAC prize in the 2018 AHR Innovation Awards competition.

The company’s Turbocor TTH/TGH high-lift compressor won in green building category. The oil-free, variable-speed model offers low vibration, full or partial load efficiency and reduced maintenance in a smaller package, Danfoss said.

“The new Danfoss Turbocor TTH and TGH compressors give chiller manufacturers a new, high-efficiency, oil-free compressor option for use in air-cooled chiller, heat recovery, and water-to-water heat pump applications,” said Ricardo Schneider, president and CEO at Danfoss Turbocor Compressors. “Up until now, positive displacement compressors have been the commonly-used compressors in these applications. But now for the first time, chiller manufacturers have an oil-free option that can significantly boost full- and part-load efficiency by 25 percent and lower sound by as much as 8 dBA (A-weighted decibels) in an oil-free platform with no performance degradation over the life of the product. Plus, the available low-GWP (global warming potential) R-513A and ultra-low GWP HFO-1234ze refrigerant options on the Turbocor TTH and TGH models provides a future-proof, environmentally-friendly solution today that complies with evolving refrigerant regulations and standards around the world.”

The unit was selected by a panel of ASHRAE members. Jose Alvares, the vice president of sales and marketing at Danfoss Turbocor, pointed out that the company has been recognized several times.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized once again by ASHRAE for our commitment to innovative engineering that pushes boundaries on energy efficiency and looks toward meeting future challenges,” Alvares said. “This marks the 27th time Danfoss has been recognized in the Innovation Awards program — the fifth time for Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, including having won Product of the Year in 2015 for our Turbocor VTT compressor series.”