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Free Cooling allows businesses to recover up to 80% of their process cooling energy costs by utilising lower ambient temperatures to cool their process application and reducing the need to power the chiller.

Available as independent units or integrated with your process chiller, free coolers can be retrofitted into your existing process or installed as part of a turnkey solution.

Working with businesses in the manufacturing and facilities management industries, we has been providing free cooling solutions for over 35 years, helping businesses lower their energy costs and reduce their environmental impact.

Given the intrinsically process-heavy nature of the UK’s industrial manufacturing, process cooling is one of the biggest costs incurred. For many industrial end-users, process cooling is achieved solely via an air or water-cooled chiller or cooling tower.

However, all industrial applications with a water leaving temperature of 10°C or more – regardless of sector – can start to be cooled via the external ambient air temperature, rather than by electro-mechanical refrigeration, thanks to a process known as free cooling.

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FREE COOLING PRODUCT RANGE:

 

i-FC Free Cooler
iFC-Max-2

i-FC Free Cooling Chiller

Reduce carbon footprint and energy costs
18kW to 908kW

A fully packaged free cooling system that can be easily installed on existing systems as well as new builds. Save up to 80% on your cooling costs.

Industrial Free Cooling Benefits

Up to 80% energy cost savings

One of the stand-out benefits of a free cooling system is the sheer amount of energy – and therefore utility bills – it can save.

While free cooling can bring about a reduction in energy consumption for any process cooling application with a water leaving temperature of 10°C or more, it should be particularly attractive to larger manufacturers, such as those working in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Lower Lifecycle Costs

Further costs can be saved due to the reduced load on the chiller – particularly the compressors and fans – as they are not worked as hard, or at all in some cases. As such, maintenance costs can be lower over the lifetime of the system.

From a health and safety point of view, unlike cooling towers, free cooling systems pose no risk of legionella and therefore do not require additional water treatment costs beyond the norm to mitigate the risk of an outbreak.

Case Studies

Free-Cooler Helps Lower Operating Costs For P.D. Hook HatcheriesFree-Cooling Offers 59% Energy Saving For Dakin FlathersFree Coolers Save Packaging Manufacturer £120k a YearThe fast track to 85% energy savings
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FAQs

What temperature is free cooling?

Partial free cooling can be achieved as soon as the ambient air temperature is 1°C below the process return temperature; while full free cooling can be achieved when the ambient air temperature is around 5°C below the process supply fluid temperature.

What are the benefits of free cooling?

Free cooling will reduce mechanical energy consumption, improved carbon footprint, reduce load on mechanical parts & therefore reduce maintenance cost and extend life of equipment, smaller load demands can lessen the depreciation value of the chiller over its lifetime, It is easy to retrofit (space permitting) and payback for any new equipment can be quick.

What are the potential energy savings I could achieve?

Three recent examples we have offered include:

  1. The supply of a new chiller and free cooler installation for a printing press leads to savings of 43% on energy costs for a manufacturer in the gaming industry.
  2. Three air cooled chillers and a 360kW free cooler system resulting in 42% annual energy savings for a chemical manufacturer. This means a return on investment in 6-9 months and prolonged chiller lifetime as a result of reduction in use and a comprehensive PPM contract.
  3. £17,500 annual savings for a CNC and Wire EDM company who purchased a chiller and 140kW free cooler, equating to a huge 71% annual energy saving.

Is there a way to benefit from free cooling with no need for capital investment?

ICS Cool Energy offer the FLEX program, comprising a monthly package which provides you with running cost reductions versus your existing plant running costs. This long-term solution is a fixed, hard-piped install to your process, offering energy savings, maintenance and annual cooling circuit fluid analysis and the option to upgrade as technologies improve. This minimum 5 year contract option is the answer if capital investment is not available and can be paid in monthly or quarterly rental payments.

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