Heat Exchangers and Solar Energy

At their core, the main  benefit of using heat exchangers instead of air conditioning equipment to cool electrical enclosures is that they require much less energy to operate, thereby reducing a company’s overhead. Less energy also means a smaller environmental footprint, so by design, simply switching to heat exchangers is a significant step in going green. However, the way heat exchangers harness and transfer heat gives them the ability to do much more. For instance, in the case of solar water heating, a system of ecofriendly heat exchangers can ensure that the energy solar panels absorb is utilized for maximum benefits with minimal effort.

Transferring Heat Where It’s Most Needed

Heat exchangers come in a variety of types, such as air-to-air and air-to-water units. In all heat exchangers, however, the principles of thermal management are similar—to absorb heat and transfer it. In the case of cooling electrical control panels and other enclosures, this ensures that the waste heat from electrical equipment doesn’t linger around and damage sensitive components. Depending on the application, the heat may be dissipated as the fluid within the heat exchanger releases the thermal energy. Or, it can be transferred to another area where the heat is utilized for a different purpose.

Solar water heaters provide an excellent example of how this can be utilized beyond simplifying and streamlining manufacturing processes. Solar panels absorb the thermal energy of the sun, but that leaves the challenge of delivering that heat throughout a house or building. With heat exchangers, fluid can quickly and efficiently absorb solar heat, and then transfer it wherever it is needed. Like solar panels, heat exchangers are simple in design, incorporating few or no external moving parts so that they can operate for years with minimal or no maintenance.

Noren’s Heat Exchangers Contribute to Greener Energy

In many different ways, Noren’s heat exchangers help companies go the extra mile in their quest for greener energy. To learn more, call Noren Thermal, Inc. at 866-936-6736. Now located in Taylor, TX, Noren proudly produces all of our products in the United States and delivers them to clients nationwide.