Who we are?
CPA Engineered Solutions Ltd
What we do?
UK manufacturer of the Enershield Air Barrier and distributor of energy efficient ventilation product. We provide customised solutions to improve the lev l of comfort in a building whilst lowering energy consumption.
What is the new product we are launching in UK?
EcoPower Hybrid Ventilator
What does it do?
It is the world’s first true-hybrid™ ventilator that will work to ensure a constant supply of fresh air. EcoPower incorporates the leading design of Hurricane® vertical vane turbine ventilator with a high efficiency electronically commutated (EC) motor for reliability and on-demand peak performance, when required.
EcoPower® is capable of operating unhindered in natural mode, or in both natural and energy efficient mechanical modes simultaneously. In the powered mechanical mode flow rates are boosted 3 – 5 times higher than what is achieved via natural ventilation only mode under normal ambient conditions. Operational costs are up to 80% lower than directly equivalent traditional fan assisted ventilators.
Ventilation can be achieved using either natural energy sources such as wind and/or solar (natural ventilation) or mechanical means (mechanical ventilation).
Natural ventilation functions through two processes occurring simultaneously. The first allows hot air to rise as a result of ‘stack effect’ buoyancy pressure. Warm, lower density air in the building rises and is released through an opening to be replaced by cooler ambient air at lower levels. The second process results from the ambient wind driving the turbine, creating flow through centrifugal suction.
Natural ventilation is dependent on favourable environmental conditions. Natural ventilation also has other performance limitations; e.g. it cannot increase ventilation rates to meet peak or specific needs.
Mechanical ventilation is not subject to the same limitations as natural ventilation, as the ventilation process is driven by a mechanical fan, traditionally axial, thus there is no dependence on environmental factors, and ventilation levels can be adjusted to suit varying needs.
However, mechanical ventilators have their own drawbacks. They consume significant amount of electricity and sometimes required 3 phase power, which is expensive to provide. They often noisy and require regular maintenance.
Systems of hybrid ventilation (combinations of natural and mechanical ventilation) were developed in Europe using thermal chimneys with axial fan boost to address some of the limitations of natural wind driven vents, and avoid the rising operating costs of mechanical vents,. However, the installation of axial fans in the throats of these large stacks effectively reduced ‘stack effect’ flow rates, due to blockage of the throats by both the motor and the fan blade.
To overcome these limitations, the EcoPower can switch to efficient power mode, which allows natural flow rates to be boosted by powering the Electronic Commutating (EC) motor to drive the impeller. The bearing system of the motor functions as the bearing system of the ventilator. This means that the vent can be free spinning under wind load, or power activated as required.
The design of the EP900, allow for intelligent input capacity and is capable of programmable variable speed control using a temperature sensor, 0-10V or incorporate into building management systems. Other systems of digital control, such as gas concentration, can be used to activate mechanical mode. The motor can be activated on by a simple manual switch or operation can be controlled by sensors, such as thermostat and humidistat
Why is it good?
- Unrivalled power:airflow ratio
- Low energy consumption
- Significantly lower noise levels, up to 14.5dB(A), than traditional fan assisted vents
- Advanced EC motor technology for long lasting performance and durability
- Edmonds vertical vane vent technology for higher performance
- Lightweight design means additional structural strengthening of roof may not be required
- Single-phase power input for easy electrical installation
- Variable pitch throat design can adapt to most roof angles
- Options for highly corrosive environments also available
- Mill finish or powder coated options to match most COLORBOND® colours
- Simple on/off operation
- Compatible with most 3rd Party controls and BMS systems
- Group control option available
- Automated on/off control through temperature, time, humidity sensors