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Air Induction Unit recognised at Hong Kong Awards for Industries

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
15 December 2015

Arup-designed Air Induction Unit (AIU) has won the Grand prize at the Hong Kong Awards for Industries (HKAI): Innovation and Creativity.

Championed by the Government, the HKAI aims to recognise the outstanding achievements of Hong Kong enterprises in pursuit of high technology and high value-added activities, and to commend excellence in various aspects of their performance.

AIU is a bladeless fan developed for semi-outdoor environment. Using aerodynamic principles, the AIU can induce continuous large volume air flows with gentle wind speeds to improve thermal comfort. Extensive engineering investigation and computational fluid dynamic analyses were conducted to optimise the performance of design. Compared with traditional industrial fans, AIU is quieter, more energy-efficient and has a larger coverage area. With no blades or other detachable parts, it is safe in operation and easy to clean and maintain. Its simple and modern appearance also makes it suitable for any environment. Patent application is currently being filed.

See how AIU brings comfort to a semi-outdoor restaurant area.
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The device has already been installed in a semi-outdoor restaurant area in The Green Atrium, a multi-purpose community centre in Yuen Long as part of its green building design.

The project was also awarded the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Innovation Awards for Young Members 2015.