• Fujitsu General America president, Tomokazu Hosoi.
    Fujitsu General America president, Tomokazu Hosoi.

Energy as a Service (EaaS) company, Budderfly, has formed a strategic partnership with Fujitsu General America, to deploy high efficiency technologies for mid-market businesses in the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, Budderfly will leverage Fujitsu’s AIRSTAGE Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems as the core component of its Ultra High Performance (UHP) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) architecture.

The state-of-the-art heat pump and ventilator-separated system is the most advanced HVAC solution specifically designed for approximately 94 per cent of US commercial buildings under 50,000 square feet.

The UHP HVAC system is an energy-efficient solution to replace conventional and outdated Roof Top Unit (RTU) HVAC systems, reducing a building's energy consumption by as much as 70 per cent.

Fujitsu expects to deliver a large number of AIRSTAGE VRF Systems to Budderfly in the coming year, scaling year-over-year to service Budderfly’s robust customer pipeline.

In addition, Budderfly and Fujitsu General will collaborate to innovate further and develop on-site, cloud-based sensing and control technologies that will unlock end-to-end digital transformation for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Budderfly founder and CEO, Al Subbloie, said as much as 50 per cent of the energy consumed by businesses can be attributed to HVAC systems.

“As electricity prices and sustainability standards rise, we’re excited to partner with Fujitsu General America to help businesses reimagine their energy profile and better their bottom line,” Subbloie said.

“Fujitsu’s AIRSTAGE Systems are designed to meet the wide range of energy needs for commercial buildings, making them the ideal solution to seamlessly integrate into our end-to-end energy management offering.”

Budderfly’s innovative UHP HVAC system decouples the conventional RTU HVAC into two components: an energy recovery ventilator and a variable refrigerant flow system.

The energy recovery ventilator brings in outside air while also recovering energy from exhaust air. The AIRSTAGE VRF system cools or heats the ventilated air based on the needs of the space and boosts overall air quality by improving humidity control, directing airflow, increasing oxygen levels, and lowering total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs).

Budderfly’s UHP HVAC system, powered by AIRSTAGE VRF technology, is a fully electric system that eliminates the need for natural gas for heating and is half the size of a traditional HVAC rooftop unit.

Fujitsu General America president, Tomokazu Hosoi, said Budderfly shares in their core mission to unlock a better, more sustainable future.

“As pressures mount for buildings to reduce their carbon footprint, we’re combining our energy-efficient technology expertise and Budderfly’s innovative Energy as a Service business model to help accelerate the sustainability transformation for commercial buildings across the US," Hosoi said.