Panasonic Air Conditioning System Wins Prestigious Design Award

Panasonic is pleased to announce that its Etherea* air conditioning system has won an iF 2013 Product Design Award.

The iF Design Awards are among the World’s most prestigious awards for design excellence. With strict a criterion that judges everything from cosmetic appearance, functionality, through to the environmental impact, the awards are only bestowed to products that demonstrate true innovative design.

Thanks to its highly intelligent functionality, the award winning Panasonic Etherea air-conditioning system is the ideally suited to domestic and other localised installations.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have won an iF Product Design Award with the Panasonic Etherea,” said Marc Diaz, UK Country Manager. “The award provides us with recognition of our product’s high-quality design, as well our investment in development that has made the product a key industry leader, standing out against our competitors.”

The award also takes into account the sophistication of design and advancements in technology, compared with alternatives used for similar purposes. Working to create optimum atmospheric conditions, the Etherea takes charge by adjusting the system settings automatically. This allows the product to work as efficiently and economically as possible, reducing carbon emissions and minimising energy waste. Combined with a purifying system, the Etherea provides clean healthy air, by reducing dirt, dust, contamination and other chemical products within the room.

Etherea offers a broad range of products capable of conditioning rooms of all sizes (2.2kW to 8kW) – continually optimising efficiency, courtesy of Panasonic’s A-rated inverter system which provides energy savings of up to 45%.

FURTHER ENERGY SAVINGS WITH ECONAVI
Utilising high-tech sensors and precise control programs, Econavi analyses room conditions and adjusts the cooling power accordingly. The unit makes use of multiple sensors, which measure the room’s temperature, humidity, as well as detecting human presence. New for 2013, the Etherea range is supplied with a temperature wave function, which improves comfort by modulating temperature in a rhythmical control pattern. This new approach was developed based on an understanding of thermal comfort and user perception of temperatures change.

Taking advantage of this understanding in Thermal Physiology, Panasonic Research and Development Centre developed the control algorithm which offsets thermal physiological response. When Econavi detects human presence with a reduction activity, Temperature Wave modifies the rhythmic temperature control to realise further energy saving without sacrificing comfort.

Users can make savings of up to 35% in cooling mode and 45% in heating mode at the touch of a button

NANOE-G AIR PURIFYING SYSTEM
Panasonic’s Etherea air conditioners are supplied with Nanoe-G, an air purifying system which utilises fine, nano technology particles consisting of ions and radicals to purify the air within the space it serves. It works effectively on airborne and adhesive micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and mould, thus ensuring a cleaner healthier environment. In 2013, the new range comes with a brand new feature that deactivates bacteria and viruses trapped in the filter.

Nanoe-G is able to remove 99% of bacteria, viruses and mould in the air. Performance has been tested and certified by the Kitasato Research Centre for Environmental Science.

ECONOMICAL AND ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY
The Etherea range is also fully compliant with the forthcoming Energy Related Products Directive (ErP), which comes into effect in January 2013. These changes will provide the building services industry a better understanding of the real efficiency of air conditioning systems.

INTERNET CONTROL PUTS YOU IN CONTROL
The Etherea can also be controlled remotely by using an Android or iOS smartphone, tablet or PC via the internet. From anywhere in the world, users can now easily and intuitively turn the system on or off, set specific temperatures for each room through a simple touch of a button.

For more information on the Panasonic Etherea product range, please visit www.panasonic.co.uk For further details on the iF Product Design Awards, please visit www.ifdesign.de.

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* Etherea products covered by the award are CS-XE series, CS-E series, CS-HE series, CS-XE-5 series, CS-NE series, CS-WE series, CS-QE series, CS-AE series.

For further information, please contact:

Shereen Russell

Wildwood PR Ltd

Tel: 01293 851115

E: shereen.russell@wildwoodpr.co.uk

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions.  Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of about 72 billion Euros for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic’s stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

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