Is Aircon a Blessing or a Bane?

Lee Kuan Yew, First Prime Minister of Singapore: “Air conditioning was a most important invention for us, perhaps one of the signal inventions of history. It changed the nature of civilisation by making development possible in the tropics. Without air conditioning you can work only in the cool early-morning hours or at dusk. The first thing I did upon becoming prime minister was to install air conditioners in buildings where the civil service worked. This was key to public efficiency.”

Answering question on what else besides multicultural tolerance that enabled Singapore’s success”

Singapore GDP grow 100-fold between 1960 and 2011, an indirect blessing of Aircon, providing thermal comfort at workplace which resulted in higher productivity.

During this period, global warming has caused extreme weathers, rising sea level and even virus outbreak as climate change could make higher-latitude areas habitable for the mosquitos that spread the disease, according to experts.

If Singapore switched to the best available cooling technology, it could cut energy consumption by 30 per cent—and by 2030 emissions would be cut equivalent to taking 233,400 cars off the road and energy costs saved equivalent to building eight 20-megawatt power plants.

– United Nations’ United for Efficiency project

With every challenge, there is always a rising star. Ecoline was born and became a leading green cooling solutions provider by harnessing sustainable solar and ambient thermal heat energy.

Ecoline’s key focus is to continually seek more efficient and cost effective sustainable green cooling solutions so urgently needed in a rapidly increasing global warming environment.

Towards this end, Ecoline collaborates closely with research organisations and tertiary institutions such as National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy.

Over the last few years, this system has went through proof-of-concepts, deployments and eventually being recognised as an award winning green and sustainable solution.

IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2019

What is this unique innovation?

Incorporating Sustainable Solar Thermal Energy

Proprietary cooling system applying solar thermal technology and incorporating a thermal collector with evacuated tubes to harness renewable solar and ambient heat throughout the entire day.

World’s Most Energy Efficient Cooling System

Therm-Aire is the world’s first solar thermal hybrid air conditioning system, reducing energy consumption by up to 55%. With average Coefficient of Performance (CoP) of above 5, Therm-Aire is highly cost effective with average Return on Investment (ROI) of 2 years.

Recognised Locally and Worldwide

  • Institute of Engineers Singapore Engineering Award (IES) 2019
  • ASEAN Federation of Engineers Organisation (AFEO) Outstanding Engineering Award 2019
  • Certified Green Product by Singapore Green Building Council.
  • Building and Construction Authority (BCA) – Maximum Green Mark points

With Singapore having the highest installed aircon per capita than anywhere in Southeast Asia, this innovation may just come in time to assist Singapore to cut energy consumption by 30%.

For more insights to this system, refer to below article as published on 13, June 2020 issue in The Straits Times, Singapore.

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