Thermacore Europe is making notable progress as the lead partner of a $11.4 million (€8.3 million) European research project, NanoHex. The team is tasked with developing a next-generation liquid coolant that incorporates purpose-engineered nano-particles for more efficient cooling.

As the world’s largest collaborative nanotechnology project, NanoHex intends to to combat heat buildup in high technology industries with a coolant that would be up to 40 percent more efficient than traditional coolants. Thermacore Europe Ltd., based in Northumberland United Kingdom, leads the project and is working in close conjunction with 11 thermal engineering specialists in Europe and Israel.

The nano-particle based cooling systems developed by NanoHex are designed to provide improved thermal management for manufacturing equipment, power generation, rail transportation, computers and data centers, where trends toward greater power and smaller size make cooling a growing challenge. The potential of a nanofluid coolant also could be developed for applications such as medical equipment, radar electronics, aerospace, process industry, consumer electronics and more, according to the development team.

In addition to optimized cooling and better overall performance, nanocoolants can benefit users and designers by reducing emissions, improving fuel efficiency, reducing energy usage, and even recycling heat instead of merely rejecting it, thanks to advanced design possibilities.

The three-year NanoHex project began September 1, 2009, with initial grant funding of $8.4 million (€6.1million) from the European Commission’s Framework 7 Program. The goal of the project is to scale up nanofluid production to mass-produced, market-ready volumes of product.