Mandai Park Development and Innosparks launch the world’s first evaporative cooler for a cool, refreshing habitat in high humidity tropical climates
Airbitat brings temperatures in the tropical outdoors to as low as 24oC with just one-fifth the energy consumed by a typical air conditioner
Singapore, 25 August 2016 – Mandai Park Development and Innosparks, a subsidiary of ST Engineering, today launched four trial units of Airbitat Smart Coolers at Singapore Zoo. Placed strategically at the ticket area near the entrance, visitors to the Zoo will be welcomed with a cool reception of as low as 24oC, even when temperatures across the island reach as high as 35oC.
Humid conditions often limit the effectiveness of conventional coolers, preventing the experience of tangible cooling that one can feel. Airbitat is the only outdoor cooler in the world that cools comfortably in challenging hot and humid tropical climates like ours.
“Our four wildlife parks offer a great day out for families, one filled with wonder and learning. However, Singapore’s outdoor heat and humidity can discourage our guests from extending their stay. We would like to address this heat issue in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner. We are thus excited to trial the eco-friendly and energy-smart Airbitat Smart Cooler at the Singapore Zoo today and we look forward to the eventual roll-out of the Airbitat across our four parks in the near future”, said Mr Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Park Holdings.
Airbitat is effective all-day and adapts intelligently to varying conditions throughout the day to deliver ultra-efficient cooling. Unlike conventional one-mode coolers, Airbitat’s intelligent system detects the ambient environment and engages the right cooling mode to deliver the right level of thermal comfort. Most importantly, the Airbitat Smart Cooler is engineered to be eco-friendly, with negligible waste heat generation when compared to conventional air conditioning, and energy-smart as well. Its innovative two-stage cooling technology results in energy savings of up to 80% when compared to the average air conditioner of an equivalent capacity. A typical 8-hour cooling cycle registers a combined energy and water cost as low as $2.50 a day.
Mr Gareth Tang, VP/General Manager, Innosparks said, “Innosparks was excited to take on such a ‘cool’ challenge from one of Singapore’s top tourist attraction, the Singapore Zoo. The Airbitat Smart Cooler is a revolutionary cooling concept that is big on performance and friendly to the environment. The commercial and industrial uses for the Airbitat Smart Cooler are numerous and highly relevant in a hot and humid climate like Singapore.”
The innovation of Airbitat Smart Cooler took about 18 months from concept to production. It is built around a “cold water core” that allows it to continually produce chilled water to supercharge the cooling cycle. This reservoir of chilled water flows through an ultra-efficient heat exchange and high performance evaporative medium, emerging as cool air streams.
The trial period will allow Mandai Park Holdings and Innosparks to gather data and assess the performance of Airbitat under a variety of weather conditions, as well as the impact on guest experience.
Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) is driving the rejuvenation of Mandai into an integrated nature and wildlife destination. MPH also oversees the business and strategic development of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the operator of Singapore’s award-winning Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. For more details about the proposed concept for the rejuvenation of Mandai, please visit www.mandai.com
Innosparks is an engineering product development and innovation company. Established in 2014, it is a Singapore-based company and a subsidiary of ST Dynamics, the advanced engineering centre of ST Engineering. Innosparks applies engineering innovation to improve everyday lives.
ST Engineering (Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd) is an integrated engineering group providing solutions and services in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. Headquartered in Singapore, the Group reported revenue of S$6.54b in FY2014 and ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, FTSE ASEAN 40 Index, MSCI Singapore and other indices. ST Engineering has about 23,000 employees worldwide, and over 100 subsidiaries and associated companies in 46 cities across 24 countries. For more information, please visit www.stengg.com.
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