Sept 4, 2012 - HUSUM, Germany Two-Phase Evaporative liquid cooling "drop-in" solution enables easy integration for new wind turbines or retrofit/upgrade of existing wind turbine converter cooling systems, delivering reduced power module replacement cost through greater reliability
Parker's two-phase cooling is "evaporative", and by its very nature a much more efficient, lighter and safer solution for cooling high powered electronics and power systems, than air or water. Yielding up to 40% higher throughput from existing electronics, and enabling up to twice the density in the same space.
Parker Hannifin Corporation, the leader in motion and control technologies, announced it will be launching its line of precision cooling units for wind turbines for the European wind market, utilizing the company’s two-phase evaporative cooling technology for large and offshore wind turbines, at the upcoming HUSUM Wind Energy 2012 exposition in Germany, Sept 18-22. The 50KW configuration unit to be showcased is the first in a series of planned configurations with cooling capacities of 18 KW to 200KW, for wind turbines ranging from 1.5-8.0 MW. Parker’s Precision Cooling Systems has adapted its long-established patented evaporative cooling technology into a system that efficiently cools critical wind turbine power generation systems, with higher efficiency, safety and power density, compared to water cooling.
The flexibility of Parker’s technology has made it easy to package it into a new drop-in cooling system solution which can be located down tower adjacent to the converter or outside the tower. Additionally, converter manufacturers can quickly adopt two-phase evaporative cooling because existing water-cooled cold plate assemblies can be replaced without any new mechanical design layout.
The Parker system’s inherent cooling efficiency benefits result in total system cost reductions of up to 15%, and/or enable up to a 33% increase in converter rated capacity using the same architecture. Adopting the Parker two-phase evaporative cooling system, (available in capacities of 18kW, 50kW, 100kW and 200 kW) allows converter OEMs to significantly leverage existing assets, by being able to retrofit, and in fact, upgrade existing wind turbines to improve reliability and reduce power module replacement cost. This is accomplished because the IGBTs operate at a more reliable, lower temperature year round. No matter where the wind turbine OEM is in the development cycle, the scalable design of Parker’s “drop in” two-phase evaporative cooling system makes it integrate with ease into new or existing wind turbine designs.
How two-phase evaporative cooling works
The dual-phase liquid cooling process uses a refrigerant to circulate within a sealed, closed-loop system to cool a wide range of wind turbine systems, including the generator, reactor, transformer and the converter. The Parker system uses a small pump to deliver just enough coolant to the evaporator - usually a series sealed cold plates optimized to acquire the heat from the device(s). In so doing, the coolant begins to vaporize maintaining a cool uniform temperature on the surface of the device being cooled. In its evaporated state, the coolant then flows through a heat exchanger where it rejects the heat to the ambient and condenses back into a liquid, completing the cycle. (See video link below for animation of how cooling unit connects to converter units, and the cooling loop closed loop cycle.)
Other Industrial Applications /Markets Served
Parker’s evaporative precision cooled system is currently being deployed in and targeted to a variety of industrial markets, including solar inverters, wind turbine converters, hybrid electric heavy equipment motor drives, grid-scale energy storage systems, and large factory-scale medium voltage motor drive applications.
Visit Parker Precision Cooling Systems at HUSUM Wind Energy, in the Parker Hannifin GmbH Stand #6B08 to learn more about the two phase evaporative cooling technology. Precision Cooling Systems is a part of Parker’s long established portfolio of thermal management technologies and systems for key industrial applications, and the group is based in New Haven, IN USA with Parker global support through subsidiaries such as Parker GmbH. For more information, please contact Parker Precision Cooling Systems at www.parkerprecisioncooling.com
About Parker Hannifin
With annual sales of $12 billion in fiscal year 2011, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 55,000 people in 46 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 54 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.parker.com, or its investor information site at http://www.phstock.com.
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