A hybrid film evaporator chiller that reportedly reduces energy use by 34 percent and uses less refrigerant than other flooded chiller designs has been released. Accuchiller TCF uses a hybrid film evaporator, which provides the energy efficiency of wet (flooded) systems in a compact footprint using less refrigerant, according to the manufacturer.

Other energy-saving technologies such as adiabatic fluid coolers and free cooling systems can be combined with the chiller, says manufacturer Thermal Care. As a result, industrial users in markets such as food and plastics processing can realize the benefits of the efficiencies of a flooded chiller and variable-speed centrifugal compressor.

Thermal Care says it developed the Accuchiller TCF in response to demand for improved energy efficiency and reduced refrigerant charges. While current flooded evaporative systems that immerse copper water tubes in liquid refrigerant, the hybrid film evaporation systems use a thin film of refrigerant to achieve more energy efficiency with a reduced amount of refrigerant.

The hybrid technology also has a compact modular design, which maximizes floor space and helps reduce production costs.