Intertec is exhibiting an innovative approach to housing remote instrumentation and communications equipment in harsh environments, in the form of a passively cooled walk-in shelter. The shelter can greatly reduce the problems of installing equipment in remote locations, where reliable power is unavailable, and where dust and sand in the atmosphere can make it difficult to cool electronics equipment using conventional air conditioning systems. Another major element of the shelter's performance is its construction from GRP (glass reinforced polyester) panels employing a composite 'sandwich' construction to provide a very high degree of insulation, plus surface protection that can survive the extreme challenges of the Middle East environment - including very high levels of UV and dust and sand abrasion.
GRP is an inherently inert material that is virtually immune to corrosion and atmospheric pollutants. It is also resistant to a wide range of petrochemical media. Intertec's shelter employs a highly efficient passive cooling system that exploits the energy storage capacity of water, which circulates by natural convection. This passive, unpowered system can be boosted by a small externally mounted electrical cooler driven by solar panels.