Today, heat exchangers play several important roles in modern companies’ operations. They were initially intended as electrical thermal management solutions that could operate more efficiently than traditional solutions, like air conditioners. However, over the last several decades, their highly efficient and consistently reliable results have helped propel heat exchangers into roles that far exceeded their originally intended ones. For example, in many applications, the ability to transfer heat rapidly and efficiently is essential for more than just preventing electrical overheating. It’s also an important part of several other important processes.
Cooling electrical control panels
Cooling electrical enclosures, like control panels, is still an important role for modern heat exchangers. In many modern applications, electrical enclosures house increasingly more powerful electronic components in much smaller spaces. Heat exchangers are often ideal for cooling such enclosures because they not only rapidly remove waste heat, but also operate using much smaller and more manageable equipment. This means they don’t require as much energy, can fit into tighter spaces without losing efficiency, and can be customized to meet most application’s unique operating parameters.
Repurposing electrical waste heat
The way heat exchangers operate is key to their efficiency. They’re designed to contain an eco-friendly cooling fluid that absorbs waste heat continuously, becoming less dense and traveling to dissipate the heat safely away from electrical components. For certain applications, though, heat exchangers can transfer the waste heat somewhere it can be utilized for more useful purposes. For example, companies that implement wastewater treatment processes need a source of heat to facilitate it. To reduce the costs of that additional energy, some companies take advantage of heat exchangers that can repurpose electrical waste heat for it.
Streamlining green energy initiatives
Wastewater treatment is a common example of repurposing electrical waste heat because increasingly more companies are implementing it. This is part of a larger demand for companies in all industries to seek out and implement greener and more eco-friendly processes. It’s also just one of the many different ways in which heat exchangers have helped promote that demand and make it easier for companies to meet it. Transferring heat involves natural processes like convection and phase-change cooling, which don’t require much energy and don’t involve the use of harmful, potentially eco-damaging chemicals.
For more information about the roles that heat exchangers fill best, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.