Air travellers rarely think about the indoor climate in airport terminals, or about the kitchens where their in-flight meals are prepared. These catering centres are vast, busy facilities, often located in hot, humid climates – posing a challenge to ventilation systems. Air distribution in public areas of airports is another crucial, demanding speciality.
Finnish technology offers indoor climate solutions for two dozen airports as far-flung as Shanghai, New York, Auckland and Brussels. Pictured is a displacement ventilation integrated into columns at a smoking area of New York’s JFK airport.
A Finnish company, Halton, has developed geographically-specific indoor climate solutions through R&D projects with partners such as the National University of Singapore and Tekes. Building on the success of projects in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, Halton is expanding rapidly to other major Asian air hubs.
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