HVAC Motor Control

The following tables list the units requiring motor control that are used in the two types of air conditioning system. The use of inverters and brushless DC motors is increasing in variable speed motor control applications requiring energy efficiency. In addition, an individual indoor unit or outdoor unit may contain multiple motors requiring control. Renesas offers development kits for the control systems most appropriate for three motor types: induction motors, brushless DC motors, and stepping motors.

Motor Control Units in Central
Air Conditioning Systems

UnitMotor Control Application
Outdoor-air processing unitFan
Heat sourceFan
Cooling towerFan
Feed water pumpPump
Cooling water pumpsPump

Motor Control Units in Individual
Air Conditioning Systems

UnitMotor Control Application
Indoor unitFan, damper
Outdoor unitFan,compressor
Outdoor-air processing unitFan

Recommended Devices for Motor Control

Recommended Devices for Motor Control

HVAC Communications

Regardless of the type of air conditioning system, generally speaking the various units are connected to a wired or wireless network to facilitate control and state management. In the context of building automation in particular, BACnet* is used to connect HVAC devices from different manufacturers and configure the building management system. Figure below shows conceptual diagrams of HVAC system communication in a central air conditioning system and an individual air conditioning system, respectively.
In the central air conditioning system, digital signals (DI and DO) and analog signals (4-20mA) are used for communication between sensors, VAV units, and general-purpose controllers. Due to the long distances involved and need for noise tolerance, Renesas offers communication solutions that employ power line communication (PLC).

  • *BACnet (Building Automation and Control Networking protocol) is an open protocol established in 1995 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In 2003 it was adopted as the international standard ISO 16484-5.

Overview of Building Air Conditioning Communication Network

Overview of Building Air Conditioning Communication Network

HVAC User Interface

Some remote controllers for indoor unit temperature setting utilize screen-based interfaces.
The recent trend is away from using fixed mechanical keys (mechanical switches) and toward the use of touch panels. These touch panels must be able to withstand demanding environmental conditions, including high noise levels, water, dirt, and temperature variations. Renesas offers HMI solutions that meet these challenges.