Danfoss, manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components, controls, compressors, and variable-frequency drives for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the first test chamber of its new Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

A state-of-the-art laboratory for the testing of HVACR equipment, the Application Development Center will feature three sets of psychrometric rooms capable of testing air-conditioning systems, including residential equipment and rooftop units from 2.5 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers of up to 150 tons.

The recently inaugurated chamber can accommodate air-conditioning systems of up to 12.5 tons.

“This laboratory joins a family of Application Development Centers around the world that are actively working to advance our research and development initiatives and help our customers engineer tomorrow,” Jurgen Fischer, president, Danfoss Cooling Solutions, said.

John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, said: “One of the major drivers behind the significant investment in this Application Development Center is the increasing federal regulations and testing requirements impacting the HVACR industry, including aggressive energy-efficiency standards from U.S. Department of Energy and new targets for environmentally friendly, low-GWP refrigerants from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This Application Development Center will allow us to help our industry prepare for the transition ahead by providing much-needed lab capacity to ensure compliance.”

Stefan Pietrek, senior director – global applications, Danfoss, explained: “The Application Development Center is set up to support testing specifically for the North American air-conditioning segment, comprising rooftop units and chillers in climatic-controlled chambers.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included a facility tour hosted by Alice Riemer, director, global laboratories, Danfoss, and Gregory Handzel, manager of the Application Development Center.

The center’s other two test chambers—one for up to 50-ton systems and the other for up to 150-ton systems—will open in the coming months. The Application Development Center is expected to be fully operational in early 2017.