Nature Conservancy Reduces Corrosion and Saves Money on Energy Usage with Increased Air Flow
Palmyra Atoll, Hawaii to Palmyra Atoll, Northern Line Islands

Case Study: The Nature Conservancy

  • The Nature Conservancy with Isis
  • The Nature Conservancy with Haiku
We literally could not live here without the fans. They are on 24/7. People sleep better, spend more time together and are just happier. There is nothing better on the market. David Sellers, Interim Director

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Living on an isolated coral reef atoll in the Northern Line Islands has its perks, but for the staff and scientists studying the ecosystem on the oasis of Palmyra Atoll, frequent rainfall and 95°F (35°C) temperatures made research laborious and exhausting. High humidity caused dehydration, computer damage, mildew and soaring energy costs at the facility co-owned by The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With electricity costing 93 cents per kilowatt hour to generate, staff calculated the non-stop use of generic ceiling fans cost $22,000 per year. They were determined to make drastic reductions.


Big Ass Fans® contributed 34 Haiku® and two Isis® fans to disperse the sticky, salty ocean air and provide a constant breeze that significantly reduces corrosion and lowers energy costs by $19,000 annually. The fans also improve thermal comfort. “We’re much more productive when we’re comfortable,” said Interim Director David Sellers. “Big Ass Fans has allowed us to better focus on the science that addresses major environmental issues.”

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