Cooling electrical cabinets and other, similar enclosures has always been paramount to the success and efficiency of technology. However, the methods that were once commonly used to achieve this weren’t always efficient, and maintaining their long-term success could often be cumbersome. Today, companies have many different options for cooling electrical cabinets of all sizes and in all applications. In many cases, modern heat exchangers offer the most efficient, most effective, and most eco-friendly solution for cooling high-performance electrical enclosures. Despite using less energy and less complex equipment than traditional solutions, heat exchangers can often provide more reliable electrical cooling results at minimal cost.
When cooling cabinets meant chilling them
Traditional electrical cabinet cooling wasn’t so much a cooling process as it was a chilling one. Solutions included air conditioners or air compressors that generated chilled air, then circulated it throughout the inside of electrical enclosures. This prevented electrical waste heat from accumulating and converging near sensitive components that could overheat otherwise. While effective at preventing overheating, the process of constantly generating chilled air requires large amounts of energy, and the equipment used to accomplish it isn’t as easily manageable or reliable as modern applications often require.
A shift toward greater efficiency
As companies in every industry began relying more heavily on technology, their technological solutions became bigger factors in their overall efficiency and productivity. That meant boosting that productivity and a company’s overall profits means streamlining and enhancing their technological capabilities. However, before technology could become more powerful, it needed a more modern way to address increasing thermal management needs. Heat exchangers were first introduced as more versatile electrical cabinet cooling solutions, making the process of electrical cooling simpler yet more efficient than chilling the air within electrical enclosures.
Using heat exchangers to cool electrical cabinets
Simply put, the goal of electrical thermal management is to prevent cabinets and other enclosures from overheating. In many cases, this doesn’t necessarily require the use of chilled air or the air conditioners and air compressors that usually generate it. In fact, heat exchangers accomplish higher-performance cooling by making it impossible for electrical waste heat to accumulate in the first place. Heat exchangers utilize an eco-friendly cooling fluid that rapidly absorbs heat and transfers it safely away from sensitive components. The heated fluid releases the heat in a depository, such as a heat sink, and then continues flowing throughout the heat exchanger to keep heat moving in a continuous loop.
For more information about heat exchangers and the advancement of electrical cabinet cooling, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.