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Centrifugal chiller – Why to choose it

A centrifugal chiller is always among the options to consider when it comes to providing cooling for a large building, for district energy plants or process plants. They are ideal for keeping the plant size to minimum with large capacity range of 1000-10000 kW per chiller, thereby also helping in reducing capital cost. Large compressors and motors are often more efficient and with less number of chillers for maintenance, the overall operating cost also reduces.

When to use a centrifugal technology

Centrifugal chillers typically provide chilled water for all those applications needing cooling capacity on high scale. They are usually the most economical option to cool large buildings, because, even though centrifugal chillers can be a significant investment, they usually offer a customizable configuration and they guarantee the ROI throughout their life cycle.

Centrifugal chillers are used throughout the world and In Middle East, they are largely used for

  • District Cooling Plants
  • Hotels
  • Commercial buildings
  • Industrial plants
  • University campuses
  • Airports
  • Hospitals

Why to use a centrifugal chiller

Every project has its own specific requirements and needs. There are aspects, though, that might make consultants want to choose centrifugal chillers over other chillers types.

The most important aspects, without a doubt, are efficiency and footprint.

Whenever projects are required to provide cooling for large buildings, water-cooled centrifugal technology is the right solution. Centrifugal chillers are always an option to consider, because they can provide the cooling capacity required in a relatively small footprint, also maintaining very high efficiency levels.

Centrifugal chillers, in fact, can provide high capacity while maintaining very good energy-efficiency performances (Daikin centrifugal chillers fitted with VFD can provide COP up to 6.5 at full load and IPLV > 10), resulting in low running costs for the end user.

Moreover, Daikin centrifugal chillers are designed keeping in mind the high lift application of Middle East.

An example of centrifugal technology application

Let’s take a mall as an example. A centrifugal chiller might help reaching the cooling capacity the building needs with a smaller number of units than other chiller options, which would take more space. So, the main advantage of using a centrifugal chiller would getting high cooling capacity in a relatively small footprint, plus high operational efficiency.

Think about cruise ships requiring high cooling capacity to serve all the different environments on board. In this specific application chillers are often have fit tight mechanical rooms. In fact, business owners need to take as little space as possible for HVAC systems and use it to shape a better experience for customers. That is another example of when and how centrifugal technology can be a perfect solution to space needs.

The same happens in district cooling applications. In this application, having the possibility to install high capacity centrifugal chillers in a single mechanical plant, allows to optimize the use of space, and then use it for other activities.

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