ORLANDO, FL — The Plumbing Category winner of the  Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (AHR) 2016 Innovation Awards, the Neuton Controllable Chilled Beam Pump Module (CCBPM), promises chilled beam systems will be easier to specify and install for plumbing engineers and contractors, and affordable for all facility building project budgets.

Developed by HVAC-P product manufacturer, SEMCO LLC, Columbia, Mo., the Neuton took center stage at the awards which were held at the International AHR 2016 Exposition on Jan. 26.  

The 12-year-old annual AHR Innovation Awards is judged by a panel of 14 non-biased, working engineer members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and typically offers a look at HVAC innovations that promise societal improvements.  "Many of our past AHR Innovation Award winners have gone on to be significant game-changers in certain industries," said Clay Stevens, president, International Expo Co., Westport, Conn., which manages the three-day annual AHR Expo trade show that attracts more than 60,000 annually. "The Neuton shows this kind of promise."

The Neuton is the industry's first smart, plug-and-play CCBPM for proactively reducing chilled beam system installation and operational costs. It is a factory-built and pre-tested CCBPM package complete with its own powered integrated direct digital controller, chilled and hot water connections, valves, variable-speed electronically commutated (EC) motor  pumps, smart sensors and other unique features. It can zone-control up to 10 chilled beams at a time.

The Neuton eliminates the expense of a separate chiller, boiler and secondary water distribution system associated with conventional chilled beam HVAC designs. It can reduce piping material/labor costs by up to 35-percent while providing the same heating/cooling performance as a four-pipe configuration. The main supply loop's piping diameter can also be reduced.

The on-board variable speed, electronically commutated pump motor, which draws amperage similar to a 70-watt light bulb, is significantly more efficient and saves up to 90-percent energy while providing the same BTUs versus larger, conventional loop pumps with two-way on/off valves.