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Bosch enters VRF market

Heating and hot water appliance manufacturer, Bosch Commercial and Industrial, has confirmed its entry into the UK air conditioning market with the launch of a new VRF range.


Bosch claims that each of its new systems deliver heating and cooling simultaneously for domestic properties through to large commercial buildings.

The Bosch Climate 5000 VRF, which forms part of the VRF offering, features outputs ranging from 8kW to 200kW.

Designed to maximise energy efficiency, the heat recovery system boasts an EER rating of 7.0 at 50 per cent load (8HP) and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of up to 8.0.

Each module’s ability to provide continuous heating whilst simultaneously performing a defrost cycle, enables performance in temperatures ranging from -20 deg C to 48 deg C.

The Bosch Climate 5000 VRF is available in three formats: the SDCI Series – Bosch’s All Inverter Heat Pump, the RDCI Series – an All DC Inverter Heat Recovery system, and the MDCI Series – Bosch’s Mini VRF Heat Pump.

The Mini Heat Pump series can be upgraded to provide single zone control of an internal unit using just one outdoor unit with an attached switch box, making it the ideal solution for small residential houses, commercial buildings and small retail businesses.

Super-efficient inverter-driven compressors within the RDCI (All DC Inverter Heat Recovery) and SDCI (All DC Inverter Heat Pump) series maximise reliability and allow each system to operate with up to 1,000m of pipework.

Meanwhile, the design and patent of an innovative air cooling technology for the inverter module allows more effective cooling of electrical components for better all-round performance. With a professional grille design in cooling part, and an increased heat exchanger area and transfer coefficient, the control box can reach temperatures as low as 8 deg C.

 A pioneering fan design on the larger units within the range enables Bosch to offer boosted overall performance, a 14.3 per cent increase air volume and up to a 4dB reduction in noise level.

The four blade fan and three blade fan offered by the entire RDCI range and SDCI modules from 12HP – 18HP coupled with a night time function, creates the perfect solution for projects associated with domestic properties.

Each new system can be managed by a central controls system. The Bosch VRF Intelligent Manager (BVIM) can not only control up to 1,024 units individually, but also enables energy consumption for every unit to be monitored using a smart phone, tablet, or PC.

This is designed to help to inform the best use of energy saving modes and is particularly useful for organisations wishing to charge tenants in line with consumption.

An SMS service linked to the system is also available, which will send a report text message should a unit fail.

Geoff Hobbs, Business Development Director at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, comments: “Consultants, contractors, architects and specifiers within the building services industry are increasingly faced with the challenge of recommending and installing flexible heating and hot water systems with the ability to maximise efficiency.

With this in mind, we’ve taken the decision to introduce a VRF system which offers maximum heating and cooling comfort efficiently, and on a large scale.”

On Bosch’s expansion into a new market segment, Geoff added: “Our decision to enter the UK air conditioning market means those working within the sector can rely on the expertise and experience of a global brand with a wealth of knowledge of the UK building services sector.”

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