Royal Navy jacks up air con energy savings

The Royal Navy is about to hoist up its energy savings with upgrades to the air conditioning and heating systems on its warships. HVAC firm E-CO UK was commissioned by […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Royal Navy is about to hoist up its energy savings with upgrades to the air conditioning and heating systems on its warships.

HVAC firm E-CO UK was commissioned by engineering firm BAE Systems to improve the air treatment units on 14 British Royal Navy frigates.

Air con is needed as many of the Type 23 warships are stationed in extreme tropical climates but many of the vessels’ air flow systems weren’t operating to the best of their ability because of ‘biofilm’ contamination, which is when bacteria cling to surfaces.

Brian Cable, at the Ministry of Defence said: “HVAC Systems are incredibly important to ensuring that our fleet of ships operate efficiently, especially in extreme climates.”

A special type of UV light (UVC) which kills bacteria has been fitted into the ships’ air terminal units, improving airflow and taking them back to their original working efficiency.

E-CO says this upgrades will improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning capacity by more than 50% in most cases and save around £8million pounds in maintenance costs over the life of each vessel.

Hillary Spicer, Founder and Director of E-CO said: “They will save energy, reduce maintenance, cleaning and running costs and because our systems are proven to kill off viruses, bacteria & fungal pathogens, will reduce potential spread of sickness amongst the crew on the vessels.”