Low Temperature Waste Heat is Underutilized
High temperature heat can be used to do useful work, however, low temperature heat from industrial processes is much more abundant and is rarely upcycled because of its poor conversion efficiency. It can used for space heating, but during the cooling season this heat is exhausted to the outdoors in almost every case. As a result, energy costs are doubled. This situation ultimately defines the size of the electrical grid and peak energy demand.
SOLUTION: THERMALLY ACTIVATED COOLING
Phase Innovations is developing the critical component that enables thermally activated cooling with a 160°F heat source and only 10% of the electricity required for conventional vapor compression systems. These systems dehumidify without condensing water, this eliminates reheat while providing independent control of temperature and humidity. No chemical refrigerants required.
DECOUPLING THERMAL ACTIVATION FROM A/C
Unlike typical desiccant systems, our novel membrane modules separate regeneration heat from A/C functions.
Our focus is on the membrane modules that selectively capture water vapor. These components comprise proprietary membrane and diffusion materials. Fluid flow is optimized for high water transfer rates and low pressure drop. These modules also have exhaust air energy recovery included, eliminating the need of a separate ERV in a DOAS.