Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioners Installs Energy Saving VRF System at A Prestigious Bank

Unpredictable weather conditions and pressure to conserve energy has made it mandatory for commercial property developments to consider installing air-conditioning systems that will save them energy and money, as well as provide hassle free maintenance service.

One of SA’s biggest banks appointed Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning (MSA) to install the City-Multi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air conditioning system in their lavish Cape Town premises, overlooking the ocean and mother city skyline.

The technical brief encompassed installing an air conditioning and energy sufficient system that would allow the building maximum heat recovery to reduce running costs as well as provide good quality air conditioning to Absa Wealth building occupants – its staff members and clients.

The main feature of the VRF heat recovery system is its energy saving capability - consuming less than 40% electricity than a usual constant volume air conditioner. Typically when an air conditioner is in the cooling mode, it absorbs the heat energy contained within the space it is trying to cool down, using the basic principles of refrigeration. Once this heat energy has been contained, it will reject the heat outside through an outdoor unit, making that heat redundant. The Mitsubishi VRF system however recycles that ‘redundant’ heat and uses it to heat or cool down other areas in the building, especially during winter months and or early morning and late afternoons, also heating water at 70 Degrees Celsius.

Roger Burrows from Mitsubishi Air Conditioning said: “As a leading manufacturer of energy efficient heat pump systems, we constantly strive to meet and exceed the increasing demands placed on our industry. The drive to reduce energy consumption and the impact its use has on the environment is crucial and increasingly important to us all. Sustainability has long driven Mitsubishi Electric to spend time and their resources researching and developing efficient air conditioning equipment, which meets our clients’ high quality standards. This fact, has led to successful installations at this highly prestigious building. ”

The ability for this system to heat, cool and heat water off one system simultaneously is unique to the air conditioning industry.

The list of contractors included Coastal Air Suppliers.

For more information on this project, contact MSA on 011 830 2080


In August 2001 M.S. Air-conditioning Distributors (Pty) Ltd acquired the distribution rights for Mitsubishi Electric Air-Conditioners within southern Africa.

The brand has grown immensely since then- providing a high level of service in the commercial and industrial markets, spearheaded by their highly experienced technical team in the air-conditioning industry.

Mitsubishi Electric Air-conditioner attributes their success to quality, attention to detail and rendering excellent customer service, lauded by their clients countrywide.

With products ranging from Room air-conditioners, Duct air-cons , City Multi and the new Ecodan Air – to – water heat pump, Mitsubishi Electric Air-Conditioners competes with big industry players, subsequently becoming one of the top three air-conditioning brands in southern Africa.

Celebrating 10 years of excellence

The company celebrated its 10th year anniversary with a black tie gala dinner held at Summerplace in Sandton.

Their guests included Mitsubishi representatives from Tokyo head office, a number of their loyal clients and industry players who have supported the brand throughout their tenure in the country.

Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioners also took this opportunity not only to mark their 10 year centenary but to also honour their staff members who have dedicated 10 years of their careers working to grow the brand.

Addressing the guests, Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioners’ Marketing Director, Marco Ferdinandi, said: “The Company started during the unfavourable time of the USA twin towers tragedy. From the onset we were met with challenges and uncertainties about the potential for the brand to ever thrive. However we soldiered on and strived to be the best at what we do.” Ferdinandi continued: “It is true that who you employ can make or break your company, we are proud that our staff has worked hard to help build this brand, especially the recipients of this year’s Loyalty Awards.”

The recipients of the 10 year Loyalty Awards are:

1. Esther Sikakane
2. Joseph Mzizi
3. Patrick Themba
4. Selwyn Staples
5. Roger Burrows

Yoji Saito, General Manager, Strategy & Business Planning Department from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Tokyo, Japan presented the Financial Director, Chard Whitley and Marco Ferdinandi with plaques to thank them for their unrelenting contribution to the Mitsubishi Electric brand.

The guests were treated to good food, great live music and performances by the carnival dancers.

Mitsubishi Electric looks forward to another 10 years of service excellence.


By simply using a Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan air source heat pump to provide domestic space heating and hot water, it is possible to greatly reduce CO2 emissions and your home’s running costs. Using proven heat pump technology widely used in the heating and cooling industry, Ecodan upgrades naturally occurring energy from the air and uses this to provide domestic space heating and hot water.

Heat pump technology has been used around the world for decades and Mitsubishi Electric has developed this technology for domestic application to produce Ecodan – one of the most advanced, efficient heating systems available today. Ecodan is the new air to water heat pump, one of the most advanced systems available. At the heart of Ecodan is a modern, high efficiency inverter-driven heat pump compressor.

Inverter Driven Technology properties:

  • 30 – 50% reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Low running cost, save up to 66% on electricity cost
  • Easy to install – self contained unit only requiring water and electric connections
  • Single phase power supply with a low starting current
  • Low maintenance
  • Even higher running cost savings and CO2 reductions with under floor heating systems
  • Designed for domestic use
  • Low noise – market leading 45dBA at 1 metre

*Based on a 5kW model


  • Remote control function for end customers
  • Also diagnosis and remote maintenance function for fitters in future
  • Retrofitable for existing Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning units as well
  • Efficiency indicator shows efficiency during operation
  • Also available with heat pumps in future

Nuremberg / Ratingen, 9 October 2012 - Mitsubishi Electric presented a new retrofita-ble WiFi adapter for the remote control of its air conditioning units using smartphones, laptops and computers at Chillventa 2012. The adapter is on the one hand intended for users to remotely control the air conditioning technology. On the hand, it can also be used for diagnosis purposes and remote maintenance by fitters in future. The Ratingen-based company’s software then provides the fitter with comprehensive data on the system’s operation, which can be used for possible fault analysis.

With our new air conditioning units, this adapter can already be ordered under optional accessories from April 2013. However, a separate kit is also available for older, existing Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning technology, which can be easily retrofitted using an existing interface,” Lars Brunken, Head of Sales Germany, Mitsubishi Electric, Living Environment Systems, describes the product. “At the moment only our air conditioning units in the air-to-air segment benefit from this impressive upgrade, but in future we will also be able to offer a similar function for the air-to-water segment as well, including our heat pump series.”

The app function is free for end customers. If remote control is to take place via the web, simple registration on a Mitsubishi Electric server is required beforehand for security reasons. “Besides the applications already mentioned and the control of air conditioning technology in your own building anywhere in the world, alarm functions can also be set among other things, for example if an air conditioning unit is being used for basic heating in a holiday home and there are signs of possible operating faults as a result of system parameters,” explains Brunken.

In addition, the software can simply and clearly display whether the current settings on the air conditioning unit enable economic operation using an efficiency indicator. “The user can then visually see what degree of efficiency can be expected with the respective settings on the air conditioning unit in the corresponding mode at the end or the month or year,” says Brunken.

This function will also particularly reliably show what impact any modifications in opera-tional parameters have on energy costs from 2013 with the company’s heat pumps as well. “The user will therefore get a better feeling for which settings produce inefficient operation and the associated avoidable high energy costs,” concludes Brunken.