Heat pumps achieve energy goals for Apple campus


When it comes to technological advancement Apple is one of the world’s leaders. So, it came as no surprise when the company decided to build a new campus in Cupertino California, that the specifications called for an energy efficient design.

Apple Park, the company’s spaceship styled building is a circular 2.8 million square feet structure, excluding the large hollow space in the middle planted with trees, plants and a pond and spans some 175 acres.

Apple planned on having the entire complex powered by 100% renewable energy. To reach its goal the specifications included two Aermec NRL heat pumps with a buffer tanks and redundant pumps built inside the unit. The advantage of having the pumps inside the unit is that mechanical room space is not required inside the building.

The NRL heat pumps feature high efficiency scroll compressors, low electric absorption, axial fans, external copper coils with aluminium fins and plate heat exchangers. The compact units offer high efficiencies even at partial loads.

Aermec’s heat pumps provide carbon friendly hot water needed for all of the cafes on the campus -the campus has a total of seven – including one that has three levels and doors that are 92 feet tall.

Considered to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world, Apple’s campus features one of the largest solar roofs in the world, generating some 17 megawatts of power. This is sufficient to power 75% during peak daytime.

Apple Park is one of the largest green rated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified office buildings in North America.

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