NANOCOOL

An Energy Efficient Air Conditioning systems with Temperature and Humidity independent controls based on the combination of a Liquid Desiccants Cycle with an adapted conventional air cooling system.

Our goal was to develop an innovative HLD system in the range 100-200 kW, where waste heat from the condenser is used for regeneration of the desiccants. The energy demand by this process is 55% of the conventional technique. In cases of severe humid environments, like swimming pools, or kitchens, the energy savings can achieve easily levels of 65%-70%. Several innovative components have been developed, namely:

  • Two multifunctional heat exchangers with high corrosion resistance for either water vapour absorption from the air flow or desiccant regeneration;
  • Development of a liquid-liquid heat exchanger with high corrosion resistance for desiccant regeneration process pre-heat (liquid-liquid desiccant).

Based on the promising results of the FP7 Thermonano project, thermally conductive polymer nano-composites were considered as material for these components and shaped into innovative engineered heat exchange surface. The partners foresee an initial market worth up to 180 MEuro by 2020, generating/maintaining 4000 job opportunities for skilled operators and installers. The partners expect that the intended HVAC solution will allow cumulative savings on energy bill of at least 60 MEuro with a pay-back time below 2 years in case of 50% use.

Partners

  • FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, Spain
  • SGL CARBON GMBH, Germany
  • AIRLAN S.A., Spain
  • UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI, Spain
  • D'APPOLONIA SPA, Italy
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO, Italy
  • RIDAN SP ZOO, Poland
  • STAM SRL, Italy
  • FENIX TNT SRO, Czech Republic
  • TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Israel
  • DECSA SRL, Italy
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Duration

42 months (1.9.2012-28.2.2016)

Budget

EUR 5 million

Funding Programme

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

Area

Nanotechnology based approaches to increase the performance of HVAC systems

Our Services

  • Dissemination of project results
  • Eco-design