Proprietary tech at ECM Technologies
notches lucrative municipal deal
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
ECM Technologies has been awarded a $400,000 contract increase by Phoenix to treat Sky Harbor Airport’s massive HVAC systems.
The company’s proprietary “ThermaClear” technique radically extends the life and efficiency of HVAC systems with one treatment for the entire lifespan of the equipment, resulting in additional carbon footprint reduction and substantial energy savings, up to 15% annually, according to a press release.
ECM Technologies previously treated one of the airport’s facilities that was included as part of a three-year pilot program conducted with the city of Phoenix at several of its building locations.
The typical ThermaClear payback period ranges from 24 to 36 months, purely from annual electricity consumption savings of 10 to 15%. Additional benefits include extended equipment life with reduced maintenance. ThermaClear is compatible with most refrigerant types and associated lubricants and is backed by a full warranty for the remaining useful life of the equipment.
“The confidence the city of Phoenix has shown in us and our ability to reduce costs, along with its carbon footprint, is what resulted in the $400,000 increase in our contract,” said ECM Technologies Managing Director David Fenton, in a prepared statement. “With the city’s mission to be carbon neutral by 2050, we plan to continue to be a trusted partner that will help substantially drive that goal forward.”
ECM Technologies’ pilot programs spanned a variety of building operational uses, including the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Arizona State University, Signature Flight Support, ISS Facilities Services, and Transwestern (Miami). Successful treatment has occurred in all makes and models of major HVAC equipment, ranging from one-ton mini-splits to 2,000-ton, water-cooled chillers.
“The efficacy of the ThermaClear treatment on several city of Phoenix facilities led us to extend the original $2.1 million contract with ECM Technologies, adding an additional $400,000 to treat the airport,” said Jim Gorombei, energy systems specialist at the city of Phoenix. “We are highly committed to actions that help further our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2050 and this is one of them.”