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Adiabatic cooling used on prestigious London apartments

Fläkt Woods claims a first at Knightsbridge project

A block of apartments which will house the world’s most expensive flat is using air handling units fitted with adiabatic cooling to reject heat from 3MW chillers.

Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, the project features 80 apartments designed by architect Richard Rogers – and a 27,000 sq ft £100m penthouse.

Services engineer Cundall proposed using adiabatic cooling to cool down incoming air before it goes across the heat rejection coil after coming up against various challenges including space restrictions, and the development aims of the apartment meaning installers had to create a scheme that offers daylight and generous views.

The EU air handling units are effectively supplying free cooling, which means that the adiabatic system will be called on only when the cooling source of outdoor air is fully exploited. In summer months, the adiabatic cooling effect can remove 8ºC from the ambient air.