Adaptive Photonic Control: The Future of HVAC Systems
The Aclectic Adaptive Photonic Controller addresses particular needs of specific end-user and customer markets, which currently include the following:
Municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals (often dubbed the “MUSH” market): The MUSH market generally refers to properties that are owned and operated by government entities and by nonprofit institutions, such as municipal buildings, universities, museums, other schools, and nonprofit hospitals.
Commercial businesses: This market segment includes a range of end-users: hospitals, medical-clinics, hotels, retail, assisted living centers, small and large commercial businesses, other commercial real estate, and market-rate multifamily (defined as five or more) units.
Single Family Homeowners and Residential customers in large developments and mobile homes.
Examples of HVAC sub-components that will benefit from adaptive control in the residential and commercial sector.
PTACs have a rich history. The initial market was predominantly hotels, which continues to be the case, specifically in lower-end hotels and motels. However, PTACs have also always seen applications in other commercial buildings, such as offices, nursing homes, hospitals, schools and apartment buildings. There is an increased use in multifamily buildings. Growth is expected to continue in new multifamily where make-up air is required to each apartment, often achieved through PTAC/PTHP. The US Department of Energy’s minimum efficiency standard report has projected that over 650,000 units will be shipped annually in the next 20 years. In the US It is estimated that current annual shipments are 260,000 for PTACs and 195,000 for PTHPs. A study by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories quoted that hotels/motels are the biggest end users of PTAC and PTHP, accounting for 70% of the PTAC and PTHP market. The use of PTACs in hotels and multi-family buildings is likely to continue due to their cost and ease of installation and maintenance. The trend toward the installation of PTACs in multifamily buildings provides strong support for the need for high-efficiency systems that fully meet the heating/cooling loads in multiple climates.
Meeting the Need for Customers
HVAC Service Providers
Other HVAC and Air Handling Systems
Food and Beverage Industry
Farm and Agriculture Applications