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Energy efficient heat exchangers for HVAC applications

Objective

In residential and commercial buildings, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems constitute about 35% of the total energy consumption. Although today, heating is the most energy demanding need, there is an increasing demand for cooling which is expected to increase even further in the years to come due to climate changes. To decrease the overall energy demand, it is vital to look for new and innovative technologies for increasing the efficiency of currently applied state-of-the-art HVAC systems.
To efficiently tackle the need for less energy demanding HVAC systems for both residential buildings and commercial facilities, the overall focus of EnE-HVAC focus will be on the energy efficiencies heat transfer addressing on both the air side- and the refrigerant side of the systems. It will also, importantly, tackle the energy transportation within the system to ensure maximum efficiency. This will require very high performance characteristics of the refrigeration agents in use. To ensure a significant impact on global warming, there will be a focus on developing the use of coolants with no HFC and CFC content.
The specific aim of EnE-HVAC is to facilitate a significant reduction of the total energy consumption in modern HVAC systems by combining a range of new nanotechnological solutions. There will be a clear focus on the optimization of the heat transfer of heat exchangers used in HVAC systems such as condensers and evaporators in HVAC systems, along with the design of systems and the development of new nanomaterial enhanced HFC and CFC free refrigerants. The culmination of the present project will be the demonstration of energy savings of up to 50% on the total energy consumed in the developed HVAC systems compared current to state-of-the-art commercial systems.
The EnE-HVAC consortium comprises industry market leaders representing the value chain and leading research institute in surface technology and heating/cooling.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/thermodynamic engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 071 080
Administrative Contact
Jacob Ask Hansen (Dr.)

Participants (8)

LU-VE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 300
Address
Via Vittorio Veneto 11
21100 Varese
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Filippini Stefano (Mr.)
EXHAUSTO AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 132 300
Address
Odensevej 76
5550 Langeskov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klavs Kamuk (Mr.)
ESI GmbH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 184 504,50
Address
Mergenthalerallee 15-21
65670 Eschborn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Ottow (Mr.)
DANSK VARMEPUMPE INDUSTRI AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 121 200
Address
Nymollevej Barmer 17
9240 Nibe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Pallesen (Mr.)
CARBODEON LTD OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 242 320
Address
Bulevardi 2A
00120 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vesa Myllymaki (Dr.)
VAHTERUS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 186 400
Address
Pruukintie 7
23600 Kalanti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jyrki Sonninen (Mr.)
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 575 966,50
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alicia Piñeiro (Ms.)
ESI SOFTWARE GERMANY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 833
Address
Liebknechtstr. 33
70565 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tanja Samardzic (Mrs.)