Emerson to build thermal management research center

Collaborating with the University of Dayton School of Engineering, the center will advance technology in five key fields.

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Slated to open in late 2015 on the campus of the University of Dayton, the Emerson Innovation Center — aka the  Helix — will be a 38,500 sq. ft. research and development space dedicated to five key areas of HVACR (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) technologies.

Emerson’s $35 million investment will employ 30-50 people when it opens, and allow them to do collaborative research with the School of Engineering in the areas of supermarket refrigeration, food service operations, residential connected homes, datacenter cooling and light commercial buildings.

Each of the defined markets will have their own dedicated research space, with the Emerson Network Power division providing the Advanced Thermal Management Technology for Data Centers module. This dedicated module will be focusing on how datacenters can optimize cooling technologies by improving energy efficiency, maximizing free cooling techniques, and protecting mission-critical processes.

Emerson will be equipping the R&D facility with their Liebert ICOM intelligent cooling technology and the DSE-pumped refrigerant economization technology. The equipment is designed to combine the use of free air cooling in a non-traditional way, providing an economizer model that makes use of external cooling without directly introducing outside air into the datacenter environment.


According to John Schneider, vice president and general manager, Thermal Management, “The complex, dynamic nature of today’s datacenter requires more than just new cooling technologies. The research facility will foster an ambitious, collaborative approach to conducting research and developing innovative thermal management technologies and intelligent controls that address the challenges facing data center managers.”

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