Seeley International’s Breezair evaporative AC wins world’s biggest contract in Saudi Arabia

breezeairThe three year tender evaluation process saw Breezair and other contenders tested on site over several months, in all conditions and seasons, including comparative tests done during a pilgrimage to assess performance under real-world conditions. (Image source: Breezeair)Seeley International has successfully installed around 50,000 Australian-made Breezair ACs in the tent city of Mina Valley, Saudi Arabia, the largest order till date for any company

Seeley International Group managing director, Jon Seeley, said the enormous bulk order of Breezair evaporative ACs by the Saudi government and Ministry of Hajj provides state-of-the-art cooling for Makkah Pilgrims during their stay in the Mina Valley tent city.

The tent city is a fascinating logistics exercise involving more than 100,000 tents and houses, approximately three million people in over 20 sq km.

“Our Breezair evaporative AC was found to outperform more than 200 other air conditioning brands and delivered spectacular results against a comprehensive set of criteria that included energy-efficiency, reliability, performance and low environmental impact,” Mr Seeley said.

“The three-year tender evaluation process saw Breezair and other contenders tested on site over several months, in all conditions and seasons, including comparative tests done during a pilgrimage to assess performance under real-world conditions. The in-built safety mechanisms, economical use of water, ease of control and compact design were critical in Breezair being successfully selected,” added Seeley.

“The harsh summertime temperatures in the Mina Valley, which can easily reach more than 45°C, were overcome by the capability of Breezair evaporative air conditioners, which kept people comfortable and provided them with fresh naturally cooled air.”

Seeley International sales director, EMEA, Xavier Delaigue, said being awarded the significant supply contract reflected the strength, innovation and durability of Breezair evaporative air conditioning, and provided an opportunity for Seeley International to showcase its ability to deliver on the large-scale order within a very short timeframe.

“Breezair is the coolest, quietest and most energy-efficient evaporative AC in the world, providing clean, filtered fresh air. Unlike refrigerated AC, the cool air won’t dry out the skin, nose or eyes. With superior energy efficiency, along with the added health benefits that come with bringing continual fresh air into a room rather than recycling stale air, these factors combined helped Breezair to be selected,” he added.

Breezair ACs feature unique Mini-cell Chillcel® pad technology recently developed by Seeley International; the only manufacturer able to offer evaporative cooling pads that are fully manufactured in Australia and specifically designed to maximise cooling in harsh climates. The new enhanced small cell design of the revolutionary Mini-cell structure is the culmination of years of development and rigorous testing, and achieves up to 25 per cent more surface area, dramatically improving cooling efficiency. The Mini-cell Chillcel® together with the patented high-efficiency motors provide the world’s coolest, quietest and most energy-efficient evaporative air conditioning.

“We are thankful to Alsaeed HVAC, our distributor in Saudi Arabia – and particularly Salman Alsaeed, CEO of Alsaeed Trading Group – who provided a turnkey solution on time and within required specifications. Alsaeed HVAC commissioned and supervised this specific very large installation and in fact, does so for every pilgrimage. Managing the ongoing operation of this many air conditioning units is itself a remarkable achievement involving precision project management skills.”

Salman Alsaeed, CEO of Alsaeed Trading Group stated that the issue of energy efficiency is of great importance, and the Saudi government and Ministry of Hajj want to proactively achieve substantial energy savings. “Achieving a 35 per cent energy savings in the Mina Valley thanks to Breezair cooling technology demonstrates advanced technology and a strong commitment to the environment,” he said.

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