District Cooling & Heating
The Vacuum Ice Maker can be an advantageous addition for a chiller plant that provides centralized cooling for entire districts or isolated buildings. Using ice slurry to augment the temperature of the chilled water supply increases the system capacity in general and, in particular, provides the following benefits:
- Minimizes diameter of chilled water supply, water tank and return pipes
- Increases thermal capacity of the system overall
- Improves overall efficiency of the chiller plant
- Minimizes equipment footprint
In addition to District Cooling, VIM technology can be utilized to provide environmentally clean and inexpensive heat for district heating. The application of the VIM as the first stage of the two-stage heat pump allows for extremely efficient fuel utilization of up to 220%. The VIM is capable of extracting heat at near freezing temperatures (0°C to 3°C) using virtually any naturally occurring water source.