TechConnect Innovation Program

Cost-Effective Microchannel “Half-Array” Heat Exchangers

Oregon State University, Oregon, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

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.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 811

Website: mime.oregonstate.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: DOE Recovery Act subcontracted from PNNL and Fuel Cell Energy
DOE Sunshot program subcontracted from PNNL

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners