According to reports, Honeywell today added its sixth manufacturing facility in India with the inauguration of a plant that will manufacture solar water heating systems for its Environmental and Combustion Controls (ECC) business, adding to other manufacturing facilities the business has in Chennai and Dehradun.
The 50,000-square-foot Vadodara facility will manufacture solar water heating (SWH) systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications for the domestic market in India as well as for export to Southeast Asia and North Africa. Honeywell’s Vadodara facility will manufacture 10 solar water heater variants of stainless steel (SS) and galvanized iron (GI) material ranging from 100 to 300 liters per day.
“Honeywell is a technology leader in energy efficiency and clean energy generation, with more than 50 percent of the company’s portfolio linked to energy efficiency,” said Beth Wozniak, president, Honeywell Environmental and Combustion Controls, who was at Vadodara to officially launch the facility.
“Solar water heating technology is evolving as one of the most energy-efficient methods of heating water. The opening of this facility marks Honeywell’s entry into the renewable energy product manufacturing, and adds to our already broad portfolio of energy focused products and technologies for customers worldwide.”
Honeywell’s solar water heating system works on the thermo-siphon principle that allows heat exchange without the need for a pump. The system uses an advanced triple layer evacuated tube technology with high absorption and low emission characteristics.
To ensure that water stays hot for longer, Honeywell provides specially insulated storage tanks that are robust in structure and resistant to corrosion. These are available in various sizes and for different climatic conditions.
“As a global technology leader, Honeywell is well positioned to help address India’s toughest challenges in energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity,” said Anant Maheshwari, president, Honeywell India.