Cost-Effective Microchannel “Half-Array” Heat Exchangers
Oregon State University, Oregon, United States
It is well known microchannel heat exchanger has significant performance, size and weight advantages over traditional heat exchangers. The cost prohibits it from being widely accepted. This half-array technology uses stamped laminae and microchannel flow inserts to address material utilization issues which drastically reduces microchannel heat exchanger cost.
Primary Application Area: Conventional Energy
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: Small and lightweight heat exchangers are attractive for solar thermal and waste heat applications. DOD is also interested in smaller, lighter heat exchangers for many applications. We are showing COGS at ¼ to 1/5 the price of conventional heat exchange technology suggesting that cost will not be a barrier.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 811
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: DOE Recovery Act subcontracted from PNNL and Fuel Cell Energy
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners