Laboratory Fume Hoods are designed for energy efficiency.

Press Release Summary:

Available in range of widths, Acela(TM) series is comprised of General Purpose Benchtop, Floor Mounted (Walk-In), Perchloric Acid, Radioisotope, and PVC Acid Digestion configurations. Each version, based on Berkeley Fume Hood technology, is ASHRAE-110 tested down to face velocities as low as 60 fpm at 18 in. recommended operating height or full open condition. Additional features include angled front, 72 in. sight line, and tapered fiberglass exhaust collar.

Original Press Release:

Esco Announces Complete NEW Range of Energy Efficient Laboratory Fume Hoods

Singapore -- Esco announces the release of a complete NEW range of Energy Efficient Ergonomic Laboratory Fume Hoods, available in General Purpose Benchtop, Floor Mounted (Walk-In), Perchloric Acid, Radioisotope, and PVC Acid Digestion configurations, in a complete range of widths.

Based on Berkeley Fume Hood technology, developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, exclusively licensed by Esco, the Acela range has been designed to address the needs of all stakeholders.

Frontier Acela(TM) incorporates a patented * baffle design, aerodynamic sash handle, side vanes, airfoil, functionally robust bypass, to reduce roll in the fume hood, rapidly dilute contaminants in the critical zone behind the sash, and provide single-pass evacuation of containments from all areas in the work zone.

Health and safety authorities will benefit from the Acela's outstanding containment, ASHRAE-110 tested on all models, down to face velocities as low as 0.3m/s or 60fpm at the 457mm/18" recommended operating height, or full open condition. The Sentinel XL Fume Hood Monitor can be field-installed to monitor fume hood face velocity in real-time. A built-in sash lock and automatic sash lowering function (on all benchtop models) prevents user operation above the operating sash height.

Facility owners will benefit from energy savings without the high cost and maintenance associated with Variable Air Volume (VAV) installations. When operated at 0.3m/s or 60fpm, the 1.8m/6' fume hood requires only 872cmh / 510cfm, compared with 2197cmh / 1285cfm for a conventional fume hood operated at 0.5m/s or 100fpm face velocity, full open sash.

Depending on climate and system design, estimated fume hood annual energy costs range from approximately US$3.70 to US$7.40/cfm **. Therefore, energy savings of up to US$5,735 can be achieved. The environment benefits from energy savings and a corresponding lower carbon foot print.

Laboratory personnel benefit from ergonomic enhancements including an angled front which improves reach into the work zone and reduces glare in the sash. High sight line of 72" coupled with an automatic sash lowering function (benchtop models only) combines safety and convenience. The patented * tapered fiberglass exhaust collar reduces connection static pressure requirements and operating noise levels.

Purchasers and lab builders benefit from an extremely competitive cost point, whether one considers initial or total life cycle costs. The constant airflow volume (CAV) design of the Frontier Acela(TM) means that expensive and difficult to maintain Variable Air Volume systems do not have to be installed to achieve outstanding energy savings.

Lab designers and planners will find the Frontier Acela(TM) easy to integrate into modern laboratory designs of the 21st century. The angled front, neutral color scheme, energy saving benefits, industry standard sizes, detailed architectural specifications and drawings, and wide range of options and accessories enables the Frontier Acela(TM) to be configured to meet a wide range of requirements.

Installation and service personnel will benefit from the robust side pan construction, wide range of field-installable accessories, and simple maintenance. The sash utilizes a chain drive system which is maintenance free.

A complete range of options and accessories including the Sentinel XL(TM) Fume Hood Monitor, factory-plumbed service fixtures, cupsinks, work surfaces (phenolic resin, epoxy resin, ceramic, stainless steel), base cabinets, base cabinet vent kits, base cabinet filler panels, distillation grids, electrical outlets, ELCB/MCB electrical circuit protection, and fume hood exhaust blowers are available.

For more information, visit the following links.
  • General Purpose Benchtop Frontier Acela Fume Hoods,
  • Frontier Perchloric Fume Hoods,
  • Frontier Radioisotope Fume Hoods,
  • Frontier PVC Acid Digestion Fume Hoods,
  • Frontier Floor Mounted Fume Hoods,

    * US patent 6,428,408
    ** Evan Mills, Dale Sartor. Energy use and savings potential for laboratory fume hoods. Energy 30 (2005) 1859-1864.

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