SWEP, the world's leading supplier of compact brazed plate heat exchangers (BPHEs), has supplied 79 of its gasket-free BPHEs for the 800,000 sq.ft Westgate Shopping Centre in the heart of Oxford.
The centre is being jointly developed by Land Securities and The Crown Estate. The BPHEs cover a range of 25 to 750 KW load at 1K LMTD (log mean temperature difference). The AHRI (Air-conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute) certificated models have each passed a performance test completed by a third party German test facility.
District heating networks and communal heating are becoming increasingly popular due to recent technology advances. The effective transportation of hot and cold water through pipes to homes, offices, hospitals and factories, is entirely dependent on heat exchangers. More recently, the use of BPHEs have resulted in considerable savings and increased energy efficiency.
The projected performance of a heat exchanger is set-out by software and this level of performance should – but is not always – be achieved in operation. In practice, performance levels can vary for different operational reasons. In anticipation of such problems at the point of installation, many end clients requires a third-party performance test to verify the claimed performance data of the designed product.
All SWEP BPHEs are AHRI approved. AHRI is a globally recognized and respected certification program to give reassurance to end-users; when specifiers and other decision makers see that products bears the AHRI Certified® mark, they know such products will perform accurately and consistently. Companies like SWEP with the confidence and technology to achieve AHRI accreditation, are best-placed to win more bids and sell more products.
District Energy, heating and cooling are set to comprise a significant part of the new low carbon energy infrastructure in the UK. To meet client and customer expectations, promised performance has to match-up in practice. AHRI accreditation provides greater confidence for specifiers and developers when they specify minimum requirements for a project.
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