Berlin Motorwerk’s Introduces New Ventilation Design

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Berlin Motorwerk’s Introduces New Ventilation Design

Berlin Motorwerk introduced an improved ventilation design with aerosol risk reduced using biomimetic fans. With Covid-19 limiting social interaction and social gatherings outdoor events are not possible. “In order to massively reduce the risk of coronavirus infections from aerosols, we are able to achieve an enormous increase in the air quality without any disruptive noise," said Dr Michael Gordon, CEO, Berlin Motorwerk. The company promises a reduced risk of coronavirus infection at the event that. The company holds the renowned Berlin event location “Motorwerk” where events such as Germany's Next Top Model and new car presentations by Porsche and Daimler have been staged.

Executive Board members Dr Michael Gordon, CEO Motorwerk,(right) and Peter Fenkl, CEO Ziehl-Abegg, looking at the fans high up in the building.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has primarily staged streaming events but because of the current conditions the number of participants has always been very small. The first event was held in August 2020 with more than 200 guests. They can stage meetings or events for more than 1000 people. “The focus now is on social distancing, hygiene rules and, in particular, air quality. In the latest event, 250 people spent several hours in the Motorwerk. Although the fans were operating in the immediate vicinity of the guests they could not be heard,” explained Gordon.

The latest generation of fans will be provided by ZIEHL-ABEGG and will be operating at the Motorwerk. CO2 sensors monitored the air quality and regulated the fans during the event. The ceiling fans provide the air circulation. For the entire duration of the event, the CO2 level in the indoor air was maintained at approximately 530 ppm. The latest generation of biomimetic fans is now operating in the Motorwerk. It had been a special challenge and, at the same time, an honour to be involved in the ventilation system in the halls, which the company sees as being very steeped in its own history. The system now uses fans whose noise levels can be kept extremely low using designs inspired by nature, such as the owl in flight, we have enhanced the fans to achieve the optimum level in terms of acoustics,” explained Peter Fenkl, CEO, ZIEHL-ABEGG. 

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