Industrial Boeing

Boeing’s SolarWall® system spanned the entire south wall of their Toronto-area plant.

Background
Toronto, Ontario was home to one of Boeing’s larger manufacturing and assembly facilities for aeronautical components. In 1990 they found themselves in the situation where many of their older buildings had to be upgraded. Some of the concerns with the complex included: 1) The extremely high cost of heating, which was exacerbated by the 55 foot high ceilings. This was causing a heat stratification problem, with heat accumulating at the top of the building while the floor was cooler. 2) Perimeter areas were drafty and cold, whereas central regions were too warm due to overcompensating heaters. 3) Negative pressure, which occurs when more air is exhausted than brought in. 4) Stale air. As a result, the worker’s union had asked management to consider alternate ways of improving the indoor working environment. The company in turn was looking for a solution that would enable them to reduce the ongoing energy costs associated with their operations. The solution that ended up being implemented satisfied both sets of requirements.

on the projected energy savings and the enhancements to indoor comfort. They had previously considered using a conventional steam heating system for new air make-up units, however, the lower capital and operating costs of the SolarWall technology convinced them to install a solar air heating and ventilation system instead. Measuring 30,000 ft2 (2,800 m2), the system was designed to preheat a total of 115,000 cfm of ventilation air. The existing south wall overhang was used as the canopy section that collects the heated air before entering into the five 23,000 cfm fans, which were each connected to 270 ft of perforated flexible ducting.

Results
The SolarWall system was extremely successful at providing Boeing with permanently reduced energy costs. The union at the facility praised the technology because of the improved indoor working environment. “Improving air quality and comfort without increasing space heating costs was a real challenge, especially in our climate, but the SolarWall system did just that. And besides routine care such as oiling the fans, the system is practically maintenance free.” - Alois First, Plant Engineer at Boeing Also, the installation of the perforated ducting system lowered the ceiling and exhaust temperatures to within 3ºF (1.5ºC) of the floor temperature and eliminated the negative pressure in the building.
U.S.A. Conserval Systems Inc. 4242 Ridge Lea Road, Suite 28, Buffalo, NY 14226 P: 716-835-4903 F: 716-835-4904 E: info@solarwall.com www.solarwall.com

Solution
Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) made the decision to install the SolarWall technology on their facility based
Canada Conserval Engineering Inc. 200 Wildcat Road, Toronto, ON M3J 2N5 P: 416-661-7057 F: 416-661-7146 E: info@solarwall.com www.solarwall.com

SolarWall® systems are patent protected. SolarWall® is a registered trademark of Conserval Engineering, Inc.

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