CSIRO Leading the Way in HVAC Testing1 July 2014
HVAC-R technology is continually evolving. New applications are always being explored along with their potential impact on surrounding environments. With the Australian climate being as volatile and unpredictable as it is, it’s important that we understand our unique heating and cooling requirements. And with its state of the art facilities, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is leading the way in research in this area.
Based at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle NSW, the Controlled Climate Test Facility (CCTF) and National HVAC Performance Test Facility provide state of the art controlled climate testing facilities to help develop and assess conventional air conditioning and new solar cooling techniques and technologies. Built with the flexibility to perform testing on all types of air-conditioning technology, the CCTF has been designed to test a wide range of cooling and heating components including evaporative coolers, heater exchangers and desiccant wheels under controlled conditions.
Coined as Australia’s most comprehensively equipped HVAC test facility, the National HVAC Performance Test Facility is able to evaluate prototypes and commercial products in a range of simulated global weather conditions – anywhere from two to 45 degrees. A truly unique feature of this facility is its ability to simulate building heat loads, meaning any air conditioning system in any building can be replicated.
CSIRO’s leading HVAC test facilities are available for industry hire. For more information on these research facilities head to their website.