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26 September 2023

How Renewable Energy Can Boost Commercial Ventilation Systems

Renewable energy is good for the environment and the performance and efficiency of commercial ventilation systems. This article will explore how solar and wind power can enhance the ventilation of various commercial buildings and applications, such as office buildings, warehouses, swimming pools, refrigerated warehouses, and sewerage treatment plants. We will also showcase some successful projects Recowatt, a leading company in Malta’s renewable energy and ventilation solutions, has completed for its clients.

Why is ventilation important for commercial buildings?

Ventilation is exchanging indoor air with outdoor air to improve the quality and comfort of the indoor environment. Ventilation can also reduce the heat, humidity, and pollutants accumulating in enclosed spaces. Ventilation is especially important for commercial buildings, where people spend a lot of time working and where equipment and machinery can generate heat and emissions.

Some of the benefits of effective ventilation for commercial buildings are:

  • Safe working environment: Ventilation can lower the temperature and humidity in the roof space, where heat can reach up to 70°C in summer. This can reduce the load on air conditioning systems and increase energy efficiency. Ventilation can also remove harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide from gas forklifts, that can affect the health and productivity of workers.
  • Protect equipment and its performance: Ventilation can prevent equipment and machinery from overheating or malfunctioning due to high temperatures or humidity. This can extend the lifespan and performance of capital equipment and reduce maintenance costs.
  • Air quality and pollutants: Ventilation can improve the overall air quality in commercial buildings by removing dust, odours, smoke, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that can cause allergies, infections, or diseases. Ventilation can also prevent condensation and mould growth that can damage the building structure and materials.

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How can renewable energy enhance ventilation systems?

Renewable energy comes from natural sources that are constantly replenished, such as sunlight, wind, water, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy can power ventilation systems in commercial buildings, either directly or indirectly. Some of the ways that renewable energy can enhance ventilation systems are:

  • Solar energy: Solar energy is the most abundant and accessible form of renewable energy in Malta. Solar panels can capture sunlight and convert it into electricity that can be used to power fans, pumps, or other devices that facilitate air movement. Solar panels can also be integrated with natural ventilation systems that use passive design features, such as vents, louvres, or chimneys, to create airflow without mechanical means. Solar panels can reduce the dependence on grid electricity and lower the operational costs of ventilation systems.
  • Wind energy: Wind energy is another potential renewable energy source in Malta. Wind turbines can harness wind power and generate electricity that can be used to power ventilation systems. Wind turbines can also be combined with natural ventilation systems that use wind pressure differences to create airflow. Wind turbines can provide a clean and reliable energy source for ventilation systems.

How Recowatt can help you with renewable energy and ventilation solutions

Recowatt is a company that specializes in renewable energy and ventilation solutions for commercial buildings in Malta and South Africa. Recowatt has over 10 years of experience designing, installing, and maintaining solar panels, wind turbines, and ventilation systems for various applications. Recowatt has a team of experts who can assess your needs and provide customized solutions that suit your budget and goals.

Some of the successful projects that Recowatt has completed for its clients are:

  • JMV PV Plant Sky View: Recowatt installed a 1 MW photovoltaic system on the roof of JM Vassallo Vibro Steel Ltd., a leading manufacturer of steel products in Malta. The system consists of 3,600 solar modules that cover an area of 6,000 square meters. The system also integrates natural ventilation features that allow hot air to escape from the roof space and reduce the cooling load on the building.
  • Commercial Ventilation System: Recowatt installed a commercial ventilation system for a warehouse that stores perishable goods. The system uses solar panels to power fans that extract hot air from the warehouse and replace it with cooler air from outside. The system also uses sensors to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the warehouse and adjust the fan speed accordingly. The system helps preserve the goods’ quality and save energy costs.

If you are interested in renewable energy and ventilation solutions for your commercial building or application, contact Recowatt today for a free consultation. Recowatt will provide professional advice and guidance on improving your indoor environment and reducing your carbon footprint. Recowatt is your trusted partner in renewable energy and ventilation solutions in Malta and South Africa.

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