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BRAZIL: Midea Carrier has won contracts which will see it as the sole provider of HVAC solutions to all 12 sports arenas and facilities in both the Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks in Rio for this summer’s Olympics.

The solutions provided will include a combination of VRF products and large tonnage chillers.

The joint venture between US manufacturer Carrier and Chinese company Midea was created in 2011 and covers the manufacture and distribution of HVAC systems and home appliances in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. With two plants in Brazil, the company boasts the largest air conditioner manufacturing facility in Latin America, with installed capacity that exceeds one million units per year.

The Barra Olympic Park spreads across an area of 1,180km2, hosting five stadiums, COT training centres, hotel and news media offices. The Deodoro Olympic Park will be the second largest concentration of competition venues, hosting two stadiums and 11 Olympic sports.

The last project of Barra Olympic Park to complete its bidding process was for the Aquatics Centre, where swimming, diving, water polo and other water sport competitions will be held during summer 2016.

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With audience comfort in mind, Midea Carrier will install V5X-series VRF units in all facilities to ensure ventilation at a consistent temperature range throughout the 2016 Sports Games.

The V5X-series VRF units use inverter technology, and are said to offer precision refrigerant control, energy-saving heat transfer, and powerful low-temperature heating technologies. The VRF has a maximum parallel capacity of 88hp and an integrated part load value (IPLV) of 8.3W/W.

The chillers specified are AquaSnap 30RBA units running on R410A.

The Deodoro Arena and Aquatic Park also include Weathermaker 50TC rooftop units, also running on R410A.

“Once again Midea Carrier shows its expertise in managing climate control for the largest sporting spaces. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup Football Games, our solutions were installed in 9 of the 12 arenas built for the competition, totaling 75% of the works. Now we have won 100% of the works in new sporting arenas and auxiliary facilities.” said Midea Carrier’s commercial director, Marcos Torrado.