Battery Storage Facility Cooling System Design

Posted by Will Klick, P.E. on Apr 20, 2021 3:49:59 PM

This is the first in a series of articles about battery power and its adjacent industries and processes. Check out our other post, "Application Spotlight: Solvent Recovery and Battery Liners."

Today, energy comes from a wide range of sources. The share of that collective power that comes from renewable energy sources continues to grow. In fact, in 2019, it was estimated that just under 20% of electricity generated at utility-scale electricity generation facilities in the United States was from renewable energy sources.[1]

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Topics: Computer & Electronics Cooling, Power Generation, HVAC, Coils, Engineering

What is an Economizer and How Does it Improve Efficiency?

Posted by Kenny Beach on Mar 2, 2021 9:00:17 AM

In industries like commercial and industrial HVAC, there’s an understandably massive focus on innovations aimed at improving efficiency. Billions of dollars are spent every year on research and development to drive down operating costs without compromising on performance. Doing more with less is the name of the game, and included among the measures intended to do so is the economizer.

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Topics: Power Generation, HVAC, Heat Exchangers, Efficiency, Engineering

SRC Launches Validated R-449A & R-448A Condenser Performance Model

Posted by Dr. Jian Yu on Feb 11, 2021 8:59:27 AM

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve validated the performance ratings for R-449A and R-448A condensers in Enterprise, our coil selection software. We believe the condenser coil performance model we’ve developed is the most comprehensive and accurate of its kinds in the industry.

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Topics: Heat Exchangers, Efficiency, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering, Refrigerants

Using Hydronics to Heat Football Fields

Posted by Will Klick, P.E. on Feb 5, 2021 10:23:30 AM

Hydronics systems? Football? While you may not hear those terms in the same breath every day, there’s actually a mind-blowing amount of design and engineering that help keep football field surfaces playable through the cold winter months.

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Topics: Food Storage & Processing, HVAC, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering

Material & Designs Used for Low-Temp Heat Exchangers

Posted by Chris Strickler on Jan 25, 2021 11:19:35 AM

There are a number of industrial processes that require extremely cold temperatures – sometimes as cold as -150°F. For the equipment used in such applications, those low temperatures pose some unique challenges. In this post, we’ll detail some of the temperatures involved and outline some things to consider with regard to heat exchanger design and materials for low-temp applications. 

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Topics: Food Storage & Processing, Coils, Heat Exchangers, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering

Water Quality & Filtration in Liquid-Cooled Data Centers

Posted by Kenny Beach on Jan 12, 2021 9:13:57 AM

Cooling data center IT equipment using air has been the industry standard for as long as there's been a data center industry. However, advances in computing technology have pushed the limits of what air-cooled systems are able to efficiently keep cool, as the amount of power needed to operate those systems increases. 

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Topics: Computer & Electronics Cooling, HVAC, Coils, Expertise, Engineering

R-410A: Pros, Cons, & Comparisons to Other Refrigerants

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Dec 16, 2020 8:59:20 AM

Our refrigerant focus series consists of deep dives into the history, properties, suitable applications and pros and cons of some of today’s common refrigerants. This installment will focus on R-410A.

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Topics: Refrigerated Display Case, Heat Exchangers, Efficiency, Reliability, Engineering

4 Kinds of Tube-Side Coil Fouling & How to Prevent Them

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Dec 9, 2020 9:51:22 AM

When designing a heat exchanger, an engineer should not only consider thermal performance, but also external influences that can negatively impact thermal performance, such as fouling.

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Topics: Power Generation, HVAC, Coils, Nuclear Products, Efficiency, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering

3 Advantages of TIG Welding in Manufacturing

Posted by Ben Smith, CWI on Nov 11, 2020 9:36:34 AM

Gas-tungsten arc welding (GTAW), or more commonly, Tungsten Inert Gas welding (TIG), is a method of arc welding named for the non-consumable tungsten electrode used during the process. TIG welding isn’t the best option in some industries, but as coil manufacturers, it makes sense for us.

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Topics: Gas Compression, Military, Food Storage & Processing, Power Generation, Heat Exchangers, Nuclear Products, Expertise, Quality, Reliability, Engineering, Turbine Inlet Air Cooling and Heating

Ethylene Glycol vs. Propylene Glycol: Differences & Uses

Posted by Will Klick, P.E. on Sep 28, 2020 3:35:57 PM

For low-temperature hydronic systems, systems in which chillers and AHUs are located outdoors, or other equipment used in low-temperature processes, some form of glycol is a critical ingredient. It works to lower the fluid’s freezing temperature, enabling lower-temperature operation and preventing freezing.

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Topics: Food Storage & Processing, Ground Support, Coils, Heat Exchangers, Efficiency, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering