$35 million project to offer five specialized research areas
Dayton, Ohio, October 17, 2014 – Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), broke ground today on its $35 million innovation center on the University of Dayton campus. The facility will foster an ambitious, collaborative approach to conducting research to create new technologies that address heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry challenges.
The new Emerson Innovation Center, also referred to as “The Helix,” is slated to open in late 2015 and will meet the criteria to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Since we first conceived this project over a year ago, the support from the State of Ohio, the City of Dayton, and the University of Dayton has been tremendous. The interest and support from leaders in the HVACR industry around the world has also been truly remarkable,” said Ed Purvis, executive vice president, Emerson Climate Technologies. “The needs of the markets we serve are changing dramatically, and the requirements for our business to innovate in the ‘new’ world of information technology and connectivity are much greater and much more challenging than ever. And we see The Helix as a hub where academic researchers and industry professionals can jointly test ideas and concepts at the system level in our real-world environments.”
When completed, the Emerson Innovation Center will employ 30-50 people and focus on five HVACR industry markets: supermarket refrigeration, food service operations, residential connected homes, data center cooling and light commercial buildings. To make this facility a real-world proving ground for solving HVACR challenges, Emerson will offer five specialized research areas under one roof.
To support research on supermarket refrigeration, including alternative refrigerants and controls, Emerson will build a 2,500 square foot model supermarket, complete with refrigerated cases, dry goods shelving and integrated controls that include lighting and point of sale systems.
A fully operational 1,500 square foot commercial kitchen will help Emerson and its collaborators tackle challenges in the food service industry, including connected kitchen concepts, new refrigerants and food safety.
The facility will also include a fully functional two-story, three-bedroom home with ambient temperature control to simulate seasons and climates. The model home will allow Emerson to develop innovations in heating, air conditioning and connected home concepts.
The approximately 1,000 square-foot data center space will expand the ability of Emerson Network Power’s Thermal Management business to deliver more holistic, next generation approaches to controlling the data center environment and managing heat in the most effective way possible. Emerson engineers will use the space to develop intelligent and versatile cooling technologies and controls that improve energy efficiency, maximize free cooling and protect mission critical applications.
Lastly, Emerson will leverage the entire innovation center building to research innovations in heating, ventilation and cooling of commercial buildings, as well as developing new building automation systems to better control them.
Emerson plans for the innovation center to be a global hub of HVACR industry education. The facility includes three training rooms and the company plans to host industry meetings and hold forums for HVACR professionals on-site. HVACR engineering education will also be a focus of the innovation center and the company is working with the University of Dayton on plans to leverage the facility for classes and hands-on student experiences.
"The University of Dayton is proud to be Emerson’s partner in this endeavor,” said Daniel J. Curran, president. “This will be a place where new ideas will be explored — a place where our students, faculty and researchers will engage with Emerson in the kind of product innovation that will make a difference in our world."
The Emerson Innovation Center, which has been approved for Ohio Third Frontier and local incentives, will begin construction in October 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
For more information on Emerson’s plans for The Helix, see the video
from Ed Purvis highlighting his vision for the facility.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit EmersonClimate.com
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com