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Ability EC-DC Fan Coil Units Selected for High Technology Oxford University Research and Teaching Centre


State of the art fan coil units manufactured by Ability Projects Ltd, are playing a significant role in air conditioning services at the recently opened research and teaching facility of Oxford University Department of Earth Sciences.

The innovative facility, built in under two years at a cost of £38 million can accommodate around 300 students, researchers, academics and administrative staff. Based around highly services laboratories, lecture and conference rooms and library etc, the flagship centre is designed to emphasise and promote a greater understanding of the Earth’s geological processes.

A combination of Ability 4-pipe EVO260 ceiling chassis and EVOVERT vertical fan coil units with capacities of 3.64 to 7.6kW (cooling) and 2.32 to 4.75kW (heating) are distributed throughout the complex. The wall mounted vertical cased units are installed in the IT rooms to supplement the downflow cooling provided by the ceiling units. Ability EC-DC Evolution fan coils offer reductions in electrical input of 75% and above compared to similar capacity AC driven equivalents plus infinite speed control and minimal heat generation. The adoption of energy efficient cooling and heating technologies provides up to 35% of the site’s requirements.

According to the company’s agents, Air Systems Ltd, Ability EC fan coil units were specified by the consultants due of their low running costs and also because Ability were able to modify fan inlet and discharge plenums to suit the diffuser/plenum requirements dictated by the high cooling loads and air volumes inherent in the project.

All fan coil units are fitted with DC speed controllers for manual speed control plus 240v/24v transformers for 24v control package power supply.

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