2018 – HECO/C reactor test bench
Designed as a true hot / cold converter, the HECO / C reactor follows our work on the HECO / S reactor, more suited to energy storage. It has several advantages over its predecessor:
- High power density
- Under 0.3 kg / kW of ammonia needed per cycle
- A modular and easily industrializable design
- Low operating costs
In order to develop this new reactor, we equipped ourselves with a specially adapted test bench which makes it possible to precisely monitor the influence of each parameter.
2017 – Industrial pilot PIFAC
The PIFAC industrial pilot was launched at the end of 2016 at the Toulouse site. In operation for nearly a year, it used the heat of cogeneration from a LEPRON generator. This prototype has led to significant advances in our technologies of both production and cold storage.
Although PIFAC was designed to produce continuous cold using 24 HECO / S type reactors, it also highlighted the adaptation of HECO / S reactors for energy storage. In the wake of this, the development of the new HECO / C reactor was launched, drawing lessons from this first experiment on an industrial scale.
2016 – Continuous refrigeration prototype
This prototype is the first COLDINNOV product to realize a continuous cold production. The use of 4 COLDINNOV HECO/S reactors allows for heat recovery and ammonia evaporation to happen simultaneously.
2015 – Proof of concept and first models
Continuous refrigeration model
This model has demonstrated that continuous refrigeration was made possible by the use of two reactors HECO/S operating in phase opposition. The temperature of the “process” water circuit is maintained between -2°C and +2°C.
B and C Models
B and C models are settled in a climate chamber to control condensing temperature and oil cooling system.
The 2nd generation of HECO/S reactors can be taken appart in order to test different chemical compositions of the COLDINNOV reagent.
This first model of the complete system operates in two sequential phases. It allows the study of the reagent’s ageing process.
COLDINNOV developed the D1.0 demonstrator for a quick demonstration of the thermochemical process.
The fast refrigeration effect always sparks interlocutors’ interest.