Farnborough aerial

UK: With 100,000 visitors in the hottest month of the year, the Farnborough International Air Show has one of the largest temporary cooling requirements in Europe. As the event’s preferred supplier, Carrier fulfilled more than three-quarters of the air conditioning contracts at this year’s event.

Carrier Rental Systems supplying and installing over 14MW of temporary cooling for this year’s event in July, including temporary power and power management for the installations and for several other high profile functions such as the air display headquarters and flight line hospitality.

Carrier supplied the five vast exhibition halls with Aquaforce high-efficiency chillers. These units, which feature the latest micro-channel heat exchange technology, have the advantage of multiple circuits that operate independently. This is particularly important for temporary installations as it provides flexibility and protection against possible component failure.

Carrier chillers at the media showAdditionally, Carrier supplied all the air handling equipment required for the expansive tents, meeting rooms, restaurants and the vast majority of the corporate entertainment areas. All of the air handling units, both large and small, were fitted with energy saving controls. The large inverter-controlled air handlers supplied a maximum 60,000m³/hr and were direct driven, while the small units installed in the media centre could be manually controlled by occupiers of the spaces to meet precise, individual requirements. These units received chilled water from the chillers via a ring-main design with chilled water running under the structure and teeing off to provide individual flow and return to each of the 76 fan coils.

Finally, for the corporate chalets, Carrier supplied over three hundred Toshiba Carrier DX split units, mainly in the form of ceiling cassettes.

Reduced site time

“Carrier Rental Systems has not just provided equipment to make the show happen. Its teams of systems designers and installers have been an integral part, building the show infrastructure for many years and every event sees the introduction of further innovations,” commented Keith Browse, Carrier Rental’s director and general manager (temperature control). “Many of the small innovations are about simplifying the installation and reducing time on site. The majority of the equipment, ranging from the 7km of perforated fabric ducting to the safety fencing, is re-usable and used continuously within the chiller rental business. At Carrier Rental Systems we pride ourselves on minimising waste and promoting a culture of sustainability through recycling as many components as possible for use in other projects.”

The Carrier Rental Systems teams were on-site from two months before the show, taking part in all aspects of the build prior to the event, and during the show provided 24-hour cover. Nearly all of the equipment was removed and sent on to new projects within three weeks of the show closing.

Large soft ducts