Chiller up: Technology advances drive major efficiency gains for hospitals
Chillers don’t seem to get the respect they deserve when it comes to their abilities to help drive greater efficiency and reduce energy consumption. With some recent tweaks to these systems, however, many engineers and plant operations leaders are taking a fresh look at how to harness their potential.
The latest chiller technology features variable-speed drive, dedicated heat recovery and oil-free operation. These features are available to hospital facility managers who seek to improve efficiency. However, determining the proper number of chillers needed to maintain maximum performance is just one factor to consider when choosing and implementing these systems.
Proper selection and use are critical because chillers are a major energy-using component in most facilities. Chillers that run inefficiently can result in decreased equipment reliability,increased maintenance intervals and a shortened life span.View Article