TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heat Pipe Technology, Inc., a division of MiTek, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), today announced that it has installed an innovative passive energy recovery and dehumidification HVAC system for the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The new HVAC design at the 226,700 square foot hotel is already driving down cooling costs. Specifically, as a result of HPT’s newly implemented system, the Grand Hyatt Tampa will save 464,000 kilowatt hours each year, for a yearly savings of $37,000. With those savings, the hotel will also reduce its CO2 output by 320 metric tonnes. The Grand Hyatt Tampa will see a complete return on investment for the new HVAC system in 3.5 years, and then it will experience the ongoing yearly savings for many years to come.
HPT’s passive dehumidification systems are remarkably simple and elegant, and they are designed to lower humidity levels, while avoiding the need to overcool or reheat air for general use in a building. Passive dehumidification heat pipe systems are practically maintenance-free and have no moving parts, hence the passive designation in their name.
With HPT’s solutions in place, the Grand Hyatt Tampa has consistently recorded 75°F and 50% relative humidity on its guest floors during the hottest part of the Florida summer, even as the hotel has substantially reduced its HVAC operating costs.
HPT’s solutions are so effective because they work on a simple theory of energy redistribution. An HPT wrap-around heat pipe system occupies a place on both sides of an HVAC cooling coil: the warm side, for pre-cooling incoming air, and the cold side, where air often has to be reheated before use in living/working areas, even in summer, because it required over-cooling during dehumidification process. By distributing the heat around the HVAC cooling coil to where it is needed, HPT allows facilities to avoid the energy cost required to reheat air.
Technology behind the heat pipe design was originally researched and developed by NASA, and HPT is one of the only companies globally to develop passive dehumidification systems on an industrial scale.
HPT’s consulting engineer on the Grand Hyatt implementation was Stewart Engineering and the mechanical contractor was French’s Air Conditioning. The system that was implemented now has a 650 ton cooling load, with a 700 ton York chiller. It took just 15 days onsite to implement the HPT solution, which was put in place after eight weeks of planning and manufacture.
The news of this successful implementation by HPT is the latest in a string of positive developments for the company. HPT recently announced that it is relocating to a new headquarters and an expanded manufacturing and testing facility in Tampa, Florida. The new HPT facility is 45% larger than its old facility, and it will provide expanded manufacturing capabilities specifically for retrofit projects, an area where HPT has developed a national reputation and where the Company has seen its strongest growth.
“Throughout many implementations, in facilities of all types, Heat Pipe Technology has shown rapid return on investment and ongoing savings for our clients,” said HPT’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mazen Awad. “The Grand Hyatt Tampa is the latest client to see how we can dramatically lower their cooling costs, while making the building more comfortable for customers and workers. If you would like to see similar savings and CO2 reductions, we welcome contact from you at our website, http://www.heatpipe.com.”
About Heat Pipe Technology
Heat Pipe Technology is the innovation leader in passive energy recovery and dehumidification systems for commercial and industrial applications around the globe. Employing the very latest in passive-heat-transfer technology, Heat Pipe Technology designs and supplies the core energy recovery technologies to the world’s leading commercial air-handling equipment manufacturers. More info: www.heatpipe.com.