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HVAC upgrade for IKEA Singapore completed

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Optidrive HVAC cuts both energy costs and noise

Invertek Drives Far East has recently completed a  HVAC upgrade for IKEA Singapore as part of an extensive energy saving and noise  reduction programme.


The installation, covering both the  building and car park at the Alexandra store, began with a comprehensive audit  of the existing motor control system to identify the most suitable option for  the client.

Invertek recommended that the existing Star-Delta  starters were replaced with Optidrive HVAC variable speed drives to reduce the  amount of energy being used and to significantly lower the noise of the motors  used to control fans.

In total, 46 Optidrive HVACs were installed including  a number of IP55 units which have been directly  mounted on to the wall without the need for any secondary enclosure.

The project also included an upgrade of the  central motor control and monitoring system. Regional Director, Henry Beh,  says, “We were approached by one of our existing clients to provide technical  support and products for the IKEA upgrade based on their previous experience of  working with us.”

“We are pleased to report that the project  has been very successful and the Alexandra store has reported significant  reductions in both energy usage and external and internal noise following  completion of the installation.”

Optidrive HVAC was developed to address  specific application issues in building services automation. Technical  Manager, Kes Beech, says, “We identified a number of issues in building  automation services that could be addressed by developing the core technology  used in our existing products to provide customers in this sector with complete  control of their environment.”

Optidrive VSDs can be used in a wide range  of building automation applications – find out more by visiting our Building Services pages.

Image: modified from IKEA Singapore by  Calvin Teo, used under CC-BY-SA-2.5 licence

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