AHR Expo 2022 Innovation Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the 2022 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been announced. Each year, winners are chosen in 10 industry categories to represent the most innovative products and technologies hitting the market in the coming year.

“This past year was a challenge for everyone, and in unique ways, the HVACR industry,” said Show Manager Mark Stevens. “Our industry was called to the frontlines to put our very best products and technologies to the test. The Innovation Awards’ purpose is to honor those that are pushing the bar to create innovative solutions to difficult problems. We are thrilled to celebrate this year’s winners and what they bring to the industry, as well as to continue to champion innovation among our professionals.”

The awards encourage exhibitors to submit new products and technologies for recognition via review and selection by a panel of third-party judges made up of ASHRAE members. Entrants are evaluated based on overall innovative design, the creativity of the product or service offered and application, as well as potential market impact. Learn more at ahrexpo.com.

The 2022 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners and finalists are:

Building Automation
iSMA CONTROLLI S.p.A. /iSMA-B-MAC36NL Hybrid IoT Controller powered by Niagara Framework
Finalists: BrainBox AI, BrainBox AI; CUBE USA, CUBE Edge IOT

Cooling
Danfoss /Danfoss Turbocor VTCA400 Compressor
Finalists: Copeland Compressors and Condensing Units / Emerson, Copeland oil-free centrifugal compressor; Teqtoniq GmbH, Teqtoniq TRC150 Oil-Free Centrifugal Compressor

Heating
Carrier/Infinity 24 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence
Finalists: HVAC Manufacturing and Technology Inc., SpaceGain Air Handling Units; Addison, FrostShield Defrost-Free Heat Pumps

Indoor Air Quality
Antrum /AntrumX IAQ Facilities Monitoring System
Finalists: LG Electronics USA, Inc., LG Split Rooftop DOAS (Dedicated Outdoor Air System) with Energy Recovery Wheel; TZOA, HAVEN IAQ

Plumbing
Franklin Electric/Little Giant, Inline SpecPAK, Multi-Pump Pressure Boosting System
Finalists: Lochinvar, LLC, Lochinvar Commercial Heat Pump Water Heaters; Towle Whitney LLC, GEN-5 Platform

Refrigeration
ebm-papst Inc./AxiEco 630-910 Axial Fan
Finalists: Copeland Compressors and Condensing Units/Emerson, Copeland horizontal variable speed scroll compressor for refrigeration (1 to 4 HP); Johnson Controls, Inc., ZS series horizontal scroll compressors with R290 and variable speed compatibility

Software
Bluon, Inc./Bluon Support Platform
Finalists: CoolAutomation, Service Provision App; Interplay Learning, SkillMill

Sustainable Solutions (formerly Green Building)
Enginuity Power Systems Inc./E/ONE Home Power System
Finalists: Caleffi Hydronic Solutions, commercial domestic hot water recirculation systems; Danfoss, Danfoss Turbocor TGS380 Compressor

Tools & Instruments
Fluke Corporation/Fluke 378 FC Non-Contact Voltage True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex
Finalists: Climatech International S.A., F-100 Cordless Stud Welder Machine; RIDGID/Emerson, RIDGID PCS-500 Pipe Saw

Ventilation
Aldes/InspirAIR Fresh
Finalists: Carrier, Carrier Aero 39M with ECM Direct Drive Plenum Fans; LG Electronics USA, Inc., LG Split Compact dedicated outdoor air system