YORK YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller wins Edison Award

April 27, 2019

Johnson Controls announces the YORK® YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller was presented a Bronze Award at the 2019 Edison Awards celebration on April 4th in New York City. The cutting-edge chiller was selected as a winner in the Environmentally Friendly Solutions sub-category of the Energy and Sustainability award category.

Edison Bronze Award from Johnson Controls“The entire Global Chiller Products team at Johnson Controls is honored to be selected for this prestigious recognition,” said Laura Wand, vice president and general manager, applied systems, building technologies and solutions at Johnson Controls. “Our long-standing commitment to delivering revolutionary chiller solutions to our customers led to the design and engineering of the industry’s most efficient, environmentally-friendly centrifugal chiller.”

Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards annually honor excellence and innovation in new product and service development, marketing, and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation.

Products go head-to-head in 16 categories including: aerospace innovation, consumer goods, health and wellness, social innovation. Finalists are selected by members of the Edison Awards Steering Committee and a panel of over 3,000 leading professionals, including senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific, and business backgrounds, vote on the winners. The panel of judges evaluate all award entries based on concept, value, delivery, and impact.

The YORK® YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller is optimized for ultimate performance around next-generation low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant R-1233zd(E) to provide the highest possible efficiency. The YORK® YZ chiller provides centrifugal chiller energy efficiencies as low as 0.1 kW/ton in off-design conditions where typical fixed-speed chillers experience performance issues. It has the potential to reduce annual electricity consumption by an average of 35 percent.

The YORK® YZ Chiller was designed with a holistic approach to system design with engineering optimization for every component around R-1233zd(E). The chiller is a unique combination of advanced technologies, including a variable speed magnetic bearing compressor, high-speed hermetic induction motor, falling film evaporator, and adaptive capacity control logic, all supported by the YORK® team with decades of experience.

The YORK® YZ Chiller has received numerous awards including the AHR Innovation Award Cooling Category Winner, China Refrigeration 2018 Innovation Product Award, Buildings Money-Saving Products Award and Consulting Specifying Engineer 2018 Product of the Year Award. It has also been named a finalist for these awards – RAC Cooling Industry Award, Energy Awards 2018 and HVR Awards 2018.

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