GERMANY: Panasonic has once again been awarded an international iF Design Award for its Etherea range of air conditioners.
Having previously been successful with this product range in 2013, the latest award recognises the high-quality design of Etherea and its advances in technology, which has included the adoption of the lower GWP refrigerant R32.
The iF Design Awards are recognised as one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world. Established in 1953, the judges follow strict criteria and consider everything from environmental impact and cosmetic appearance, to functionality. The award attracts over 5,000 submissions from 70 countries every year.
The Etherea range offers six different capacities, ranging from 2.0kW up to 7.1kW. These new units achieve an A+++ efficiency rating in both heating and cooling modes.
Pansonic says the compact Etherea range has been designed to suit the interior of any home or commercial property. Units have a clean, fresh, matte white or silver finish.
In terms of technology, the range is available with Panasonic Econavi and Nanoe technology. The Nanoe system features electrostatically atomised water nanoparticles to enable air purification. The intelligent Econavi sensor technology reduces energy consumption by adjusting the power of the air conditioning unit to suit the conditions of each room. Through its advanced sensor technology, energy savings of up to 38% are said to be achievable compared to traditional systems.