ICS Cool Energy, an international market leader specialising in complete temperature control solutions for manufacturing process and facilities applications, announced today it is expanding the i-Chiller portfolio of chillers with new planet-friendly configurations with wide capacities and low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.
“Unlike other units on the market, the i-Chiller range has been designed with process applications in mind from the ground up. As such they can operate faultlessly and maintain accurate temperature control 24/7 under highly differing, and abruptly fluctuating operating conditions,” said Dave Palmer general manager for UK and Ireland at ICS Cool Energy. “Today, we are expanding our portfolio taking another step in our journey to help customers reduce their impact on the environment. Introducing new units with the lowest GWP refrigerants available for these technologies, we give our customers more options to achieve increased productivity, high precision, and elevated product quality with highest environmental awareness.”
The new air-cooled models in the i-Chiller range suitable for all types of process applications including Food & Beverage, Plastics, Chemical & Pharmaceutical, Metal Works and other demanding industries are: i-Chiller Process-e, i-Chiller Process Max-e, i-Chiller Process Max-n and i-Chiller Compact-n.
- i-Chiller Process-e chillers are available in capacities between 7kW and 254kW and feature two refrigerant options depending on the capacity: R-513A and R-454B as environmentally friendly alternatives to R-410A. The i-Chiller Process-e units combine the reliability and durability of process-specific chillers with high-performance, eco-friendly refrigerants and wide operating limits in ambient temperatures between -20°C to 46°C. This combined with certified efficiency that exceeds the latest Ecodesign standard for process cooling applications, makes the i-Chiller Process-e makes particularly suitable for use in the most demanding industrial applications.
- i-Chiller Process Max-e scroll chillers are available with R-454B refrigerant in capacities between 228kW and 1303 kW offering high seasonal energy efficiency and targeted design essential to obtain a reduced management costs without excluding reliability and environmental protection. Total heat recovery option enables sustainable use of absorbed energy. Multiple acoustic configurations with reduced sound levels, versatility and reliability combined with extended operating limits for starting up and operating in the worst conditions makes it suitable for every type of process.
Both the i-Chiller Process-e and i-Chiller Process Max-e feature a fully packaged configuration with an internal storage tank and pump as standard, which allows for seamless plug-and-play installation.
The R-454B refrigerant, a non-ozone depleting HFO/HFC blend, has a GWP level of 467, the lowest among the refrigerants available today for scroll compressor technology. R-454B offers 76% reduction in direct GWP impact against R-410A and 34% reduction against R-32 refrigerant. This answers customers’ need for a sustainable, highly efficient refrigerant option that future proofs their investment and mitigates the increasing tax rates put on refrigerants across Europe.
- i-Chiller Process Max-n feature reciprocating compressors and natural, low GWP R-290 refrigerant in capacities between 245kW and 472 kW. Offering a long-term dependable performance and sustainable solution, the i-Chiller Process Max-n delivers outlet fluid temperatures between -10°C and +20°C at ambient temperatures from -20°C to +47° The Seasonal Energy Performance Ratios exceed the latest Ecodesign standards for process cooling applications. The chiller features all the main hydraulic and mechanical components integrated inside the unit as standard allowing a plug-and-play installation, and a wide range of options including low noise acoustic configurations.
- i-Chiller Compact-n come with R-290 refrigerant in capacities ranging from 1,7 to 4,4 kW. Extended operating limits of the i-Chiller Compact-n offer customers liquid outlet temperatures from 0°C up to +30°C at ambient temperatures from +5°C up to +45°C. The i-Chiller Compact-n answers the industries’ needs for accurate, reliable temperature control with better cooling efficiencies and lower environmental impact in a compact form.
The i-Chiller Compact-n features an innovative evaporator mounted inside the tank, ensuring performance in demanding industrial applications with rigorous environments and dirty process water. As a plug-and-play solution, the chillers ensure compatibility with a large range of production lines out-of-the-box. A rational component layout, simple refrigerant circuit and fully numbered electrics simplify verifications and maintenance, which can be performed with the unit running.
The R-290 is a non-toxic, natural refrigerant with a GWP of 3 and ozone depletion potential (ODP) of zero, which offers higher Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) versus traditional alternatives. Applying R290 allows customers to avoid carbon taxes, benefit from national incentives and future-proof their investment as R-290 is exempt from HFC refrigerant phase-out programmes.
All i-Chiller models are compliant with EcoDesign ErP SEPR HT Tier 2.
The new planet friendly models represent continuous progress in ICS Cool Energy eMission Critical initiative, which encapsulates several intrinsically linked energy-saving concepts, helping our customers to save energy, reduce costs and lower their carbon footprint in the process.
 HFO – Hydrofluoroolefins; HFC – Hydrofluorocarbons.