A definite way of improving heating efficiency is to improve the heat transfer rate.
Industrial applications using electrical or fuel based solutions often use indirect heating with heat exchangers and water as the conducting medium. Water has the best conductivity among liquids, is cheap and easily available. However, it has a thermal conductivity of around 0.6 W/m. K (click here) at standard temperature and is not the best retainer and conductor of heat (copper, in comparison, has a thermal conductivity of 385 W/m. K).
Fluid particles absorb heat and recirculate, thereby transferring heat between different layers of fluids. A newly available technology is a Heating Additive that when added to water, increases the number of particles present per unit volume (density), increasing the surface area which consequently increases the thermal conductivity of the fluid. As a result, this additive + water mix becomes a better heat transfer medium.
This additive sees application in closed loop systems across:
- heat pumps that use different sources of ambient heat
- waste heat recovery solutions as well as
- other industrial processes that use steam and hot water and integrated heating solutions
The additive will improve efficiency when used in a system that uses any type of heat exchanger by increasing the heat transfer rate by 37% and help save 20-35% in energy consumption. Some users of this technology are Bajaj , Mahindra , Luminous , Honda , ITC etc.
Contact Energyhive today to learn how you too can significantly improve the efficiency of your heating processes.