Solstice Extreme Receives 2019 ENERGY STAR
Emerging Technology Award
The SpacePak Solstice Extreme Air-to-Water Heat Pump has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award.

As a recipient of the 2019 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award, the Solstice Extreme met rigorous performance criteria to be recognized as an innovative technology that has the potential to reduce energy use and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality. 

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. EPA voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through superior energy efficient products. The Emerging Technology Award provides forward-thinking, environmentally conscious consumers and end users with a tool to identify and purchase cutting-edge technologies that offer energy savings and help to reduce their carbon footprint.

This award is a symbol of the environmental leadership role SpacePak has been spearheading since introducing air-to-water heat pumps to the North American market. “SpacePak strives to meet the highest environmental standards, and we are proud to be honored by the EPA as an innovative and eco-friendly product,” said National Sales Manager Jim Bashford. 
SpacePak Electric Heater Now Available
SpacePak is pleased to offer an electric heater, the EEH Series, which complements our horizontal “J” series small duct high velocity air handlers and is designed to provide heating in a heat pump system. 

The EEH Series is available in 6 sizes ranging from 2 - 20 kW. For ease of installation these electric heaters attach to the front of horizontal “J” series units and include single or dual power supply, internal staging controls and simple on/off light Indicator.

SpacePak Solstice Brings Comfort to Historic Plane
Today she is simply known as “Connie”. She is one of only four remaining L-1649A Lockheed Constellation airplanes in the world and she had an illustrious career first as a commercial flight plane and later as a cargo plane before losing her job to modern jets. She survived by working as an Alaskan bush plane in the 1970s and was sold to the highest bidder for a mere $150. From there, Connie was modified to airdrop marijuana only to be abandoned by drug runners in Honduras before being sold off for parts. 
Restored back to her majestic wonderfulness, Connie is now part of a $250 million dollar TWA Hotel project designed to transport visitors back to the early 1960’s to experience an age where air travel was glamorous. She welcomes vistors in style as a fully-restored one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge. As part of her transformation, Connie was equipped with and array of SpacePak products that perfectly adressed each of her HVAC challenges.

Four LAHP48 Solstice Extreme Air-to-Water Heat Pumps are located remotely in a bunker. Chilled or hot water is piped underground into the underbelly of the plane to three WCSP-3642J air handlers and one WCSP4860J air handler which provide conditioned fresh air to the plane through traditional round and linear slot diffusers located throughout the plane. Return air is brought back to the air handlers from multiple return grills under the seating of the plane. The air handlers are controlled by the use of the SpacePak SSIC and ZonePak Pro controls.
The ability to remotely place the Solstice Extreme Air-to-Water heat pumps away from the plane and out of the visitor’s sight as well as the ability to fit the 2-inch flexible duct work inside the walls of the fuselage made SpacePak the ideal system for this project. Additionally, the current gas moratorium denying new and expanded gas service in New York’s five boroughs, Westchester County and Long Island, made the Solstice Extreme an easy choice for this any many other area projects.

SpacePak is honored to be a part of Connie's journey in history. We thank our manufacturer’s representative Wales Darby for their time and effort in making this project a reality.
Leading the Way to Electrification with Heat Pumps
California, a leader in the race to go carbon neutral, is expanding the focus beyond energy efficiency to electrification. This shift has opened up exciting opportunities for SpacePak’s heat pumps. When combined with a solar source and photovoltaic system, heat pumps are a promising technology for the heating and cooling of residential spaces that support the state’s energy objectives. Currently, it is estimated that homes and buildings are responsible for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in California, around two-thirds of which come from burning fossil fuels in homes.
Pairing a heat pump with solar electricity is a cost-effective way to maintain thermal comfort with zero-emissions. And, for new construction, having a single appliance for heating and cooling that does not require a gas infrastructure to and in a building, can often result in lower construction costs. 

Support for heat pumps is at an all-time high with the recently signed SB 1477, which deploys $200 million to help make clean heating options like electric heat pumps more accessible to all Californians through incentives for manufacturers and builders. The Building Decarbonization Coalition, an organization uniting building industry stakeholders with energy providers, environmental organizations and local governments, stated that in order to achieve California emission reduction targets, the state should build the market share of high efficiency heat pumps for space heating from five percent of sales in 2018 to 50 percent in 2025 and 100 percent in 2030.
SpacePak Hydronics manufacturers representative for California, Zach Liske of Flowtech said “This is an exciting time for Flow Tech and SpacePak with heat pumps as a targeted technology to assist in the fight for climate change. California is known for leadership in energy innovation and their success in this arena will encourage change in other states as well.”
Welcome Aboard
Please join us in welcoming Lumas Group LLC as a SpacePak manufacturers representative covering Florida and Latin America including Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Lumas group owner Ed Machado has been dedicated to the air conditioning and refrigeration industry since 1973 and established Lumas Group LLC in 2003 to service the needs of HVAC professionals. Lumas Group’s extensive background in the SDHV market and experience with the Latin American territory makes them an outstanding asset to our representative network.
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