Periodic Reporting for period 3 - HEALEX (HEALEX – High Efficiency Air Liquid Heat ExchangerAn innovative, new heat exchanger that improves energy efficiency in cooling and ventilation systems)
Reporting period: 2017-03-01 to 2017-12-31
Why is it important for society? It is important for society because of the energy savings that can be achieved with HEALEX and because HEALEX is made of 100% aluminum which is easily recyclable. Fin and coils are manufactured with copper tubes and aluminum fins which makes it more complicated to recycle (the different metals need to be separated). The introduction of HEALEX in a large scale will generate economic activity and growth as well as new jobs.
What are the overall objectives? Nowadays the standard technical solution for heat exchange in indirect cooling systems is far from optimal. The efficiency of the heat exchangers being used in such systems is limited by the industry standard based on fin and tube design, which is normally around 60 %. The main reason for such low efficiency with fin and tube design is the limited space for the heat exchanger. HEALEX is a plate heat exchanger that provides a higher efficiency of about 90% in the same space, i.e. a more compact and efficient solution.
By increasing the efficiency of the heat exchanger in an indirect cooling system the temperature at which the refrigerant needs to be cooled down increases by 4-5 deg C which implies up to 35% reduction in electricity consumption compared. Thus, the main goal of the HEALEX project is to replace fin and coil heat exchangers as industry standards in order to provide energy savings for the end user.
For more information on indirect cooling systems and target applications the reader is referred to the H2020 HEALEX grant application where it is described in detail.