A cool innings from Samsung

Hampshire Cricket has gone to the top of the championship for energy savings with Samsung air conditioning systems installed at its home ground, Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Samsung line-up includes high efficiency DVM Plus III (VRF) heat recovery systems, energy recovery ventilators, and cassette-type split systems from Samsung’s CAC range.

The Rose Bowl has been Hampshire Cricket’s home since 2001, and has become renowned as an international sporting and entertainment venue. It was recently developed with two new stands being built, increasing the ground’s maximum capacity to 25,000 and is currently being developed further in a programme involving expansion of the adjoining nine hole golf course into an 18 hole championship course, and the creation of a 175-bedroom four-star hotel. The additional facilities will make Rose Bowl the first model Test Match ground in the UK.

The Samsung solution was selected by Martin Zealey from distributor DYSK Air Conditioning, of Harpenden and Leeds, and jointly specified with the installation contractor, Principal Cooling Limited of Dungannon, Northern Ireland. Samsung’s DVM Plus III incorporate advanced technology to guarantee excellent performance, with long pipe runs and high connectability.

For the 300sq m Shane Warne Suite, Principal Cooling installed two 46kW DVM Plus III HR (heat recovery) outdoor unit combinations, connected to 10 cassettes and four ducted units. The three pipe heat recovery system allows simultaneous cooling and heating, using free heat from one side of the suite to warm the cooler side. In addition, three energy recovery ventilators ensure a fresh air inflow of 2,300m3 an hour, with the incoming air pre-warmed or pre-cooled by the exhaust air, depending on the indoor/outdoor temperature gradient. Each of the five private boxes has a split system from Samsung’s CAC range, with either a cassette or a high wall-mounted indoor unit. All the systems permit local control, and are linked through a Lonworks interface to a central building management system.

Principal Cooling’s Contract Manager Nigel Treanor says installation went very smoothly: “The Samsung systems are very easy to assemble and commission and they come with plenty of information to help the installer. As a result, there were no problems so there was no need for trouble shooting.”

DYSK’s Martin Zeal says: “The Rose Bowl management team wanted a respected-brand system that represented the best value for money, so we had no hesitation in recommending Samsung. In addition to its outstanding value at the time of purchase, the Samsung DVM is extremely economical in operation in both heating and cooling mode. With the benefits of the heat recovery facility and the use of energy recovery ventilators, the club will be top of the league of energy savings throughout future cricket seasons – and on days when the premises are used for other purposes.”

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