This week Kaltra is launching air-cooled refrigerant condensers of the Bora VS series equipped with new, twin-slab microchannel heat exchangers operating with a counterflow of refrigerant and air and arranged in 4-coil V-banks. This innovative solution was successfully adopted earlier in the second generation of Lightstream air-cooled chillers.
New condensing coils deliver 20-25% more capacity with the same unit footprint and power consumption and provide excellent performance for Bora units at partial loads.
With an external coil slab acting as a subcooler, the higher degree of subcooling that improves the refrigerating effect and COP is achievable – without increasing compressors’ power draw. Along, the single-pass design of the coils ensures low pressure drops on the refrigerant side. The overall refrigeration effect is especially well reflected with the use of HFO refrigerants and other refrigerants with the small latent heat of vaporization.
Condensers equipped with twin-slab coils (operating pressure of as high as 45bar) are suitable for a wide selection of refrigerants: HFCs and HFO blends and natural refrigerants like propane (R290) and ammonia (R717).
Depending on project goals, customers may convert twin-slab condenser advantage into various tangible benefits: