Alfa Laval has expanded its portfolio of brazed plate heat exchangers to support the global energy transition.
In addition to launching new products Alfa Laval continues to strengthen its worldwide manufacturing capacity with factories in San Bonifacio (Italy), JiangYin (China), Ronneby (Sweden) and Richmond (USA).
Earlier this year Alfa Laval launched its new T21 plate heat exchanger to replace the T20.
The main driver behind the launch was energy efficiency. The T21 is more compact, more convenient and more adaptable.
Thanks to several plate materials and pressing depths Alfa Laval can offer efficient heat transfer to even more industries.
The new T21 is Alfa Laval's most diverse heat exchanger, developed to meet diversified heat transfer demands in HVAC, district heating & cooling, sulphuric acid production, data centres, chemicals, dairy, breweries and many other applications, boosting the sustainability journey for customers.
In addition to innovative features like OmegaPort, FlexFlow, CurveFlow to improve heat transfer efficiency and reduce fouling, the new T21 plate material features Hastelloy D-205 exclusively offered to handle sulfuric acid.
The number one net zero launch of the year took place last month at Alfa Laval’s state-of-the-art facilities in San Bonifacio, Italy, with the release of the AC900.
It is the newest addition to the growing brazed plate heat exchanger portfolio.
With its extra-large gas outlet port, the single-circuit AC900 is optimized for both full and partial-load conditions.
It covers capacities between 300 and 600 kW in chillers with screw compressors, industrial chillers, and heat pump applications.
Alfa Laval president of brazed & fusion bonded heat exchangers, Malgorzata Moczynska, said the air conditioning and heating markets are experiencing unprecedented levels of turbulence.
“Heat pumps are rapidly replacing steam and gas boilers in industrial heating systems. In fact, we expect the market for high-temperature industrial heat pumps to grow beyond the chiller market, especially in Central Europe, Middle Europe, and the Scandinavian countries,” Moczynska said.
“Alfa Laval has created the AC900, a next-generation, single-circuit brazed plate heat exchanger, especially to meet the challenges in these markets.
“Because the AC900 can manage larger than average capacities, it creates new possibilities in applications where shell-and-tube heat exchangers currently dominate.
“With its extra-large gas outlet port and DynaStatic distributor system, the AC900 is capable of covering capacities up to 600 kW, and can be custom configured to deliver maximum performance, from partial to full load, in a range of applications.”
The AC900 is also a great solution for small-to-medium capacity chillers with screw compressors, and for heat pumps and industrial chillers. It requires a much lower refrigerant charge and is more compact, which makes it less expensive to install and also helps save vital steel and copper resources.
Recently, the AC900 was tested as a condenser and evaporator at a heat pump manufacturer using a low density refrigerant. The AC900 performed far better than the competition, reaching a new level of thermal performance.
The Alfa Laval AC900 incorporates several unique features.
- DynaStatic distribution, Alfa Laval’s most recent distribution system, is highly flexible, making it easy to change the geometry inside the distributor. This makes the AC900 adaptable to future trends and future customer needs, including changes in application requirements, new refrigerants, or any other requests.
- IceSafe helps customers prevent and manage freezing in applications with low temperatures.
- ReFuture ensures that the AC900 was designed for optimal performance not only with today’s refrigerants, but with tomorrow’s, making it a future-proof investment that allows customers proactively to address sustainability goals and legislative requirements.