The Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award recognizes outstanding or unique contributions to energy efficiency with demonstrated, quantifiable, cost-effective energy savings. This year, the award was presented to Danfoss in recognition of the success and potential of Danfoss Turbocor oil-free, magnetic bearing, variable speed compressor technology for the commercial HVAC market. With a compact footprint and oil-free design that reduces maintenance needs and noise, Danfoss Turbocor compressors can improve chiller efficiency by up to 35% compared to a similarly sized fixed-speed screw chiller, saving energy in high-consumption commercial buildings across the U.S. and the world.
“Danfoss Turbocor Compressors is very passionate about our history as pioneers of world-class oil-free, magnetic bearing, variable speed technology,” said Ricardo Schneider, president, Danfoss Turbocor Compressors. “Of all the energy used annually in the U.S., 40% is related to buildings – primarily for heating and cooling. Building energy consumption can have a substantial impact on total national energy use, meaning we need to look at both new construction and the large inventory of existing buildings and consider what can be done to decrease their energy use. This is where Danfoss solutions can play the greatest role, but it’s through our customers’ applications and solutions that our technology has been able to achieve such great results.”
Other 2015 Star of Energy Efficiency award winners include:
- Built Environment: Cinemark Theatres;
- Industry & Manufacturing: L’Oreal USA;
- Power Generation & Supply: Public Service Electric & Gas Co.;
- Rising Star of Energy Efficiency – Student: Aurora Winslade, Duke University Fuqua School of Business; and
- Rising Star of Energy Efficiency – Young Professional: Daniel Hill, co-founder and president, Green Impact Campaign.
This is the second time Danfoss has been chosen to receive the Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award, and the second time Danfoss has been recognized this year for its Turbocor compressor technology. In January, the Danfoss Turbocor VTT Series of Compressors received an AHR Expo Innovation Award—an award program recognizing HVACR products and technologies, and was named the 2015 Product of the Year.
The Alliance to Save Energy’s annual Stars of Energy Efficiency black-tie dinner and awards ceremony was attended by 500 leaders, including members of Congress and energy efficiency advocates from industry, government and academia.