Hydromx’s Empire State of Mind Brings Optimized Efficiency
Hydromx® has adopted an empire state of mind. Now the cutting-edge Hydromx heat transfer fluid is incorporated into the iconic Empire State Building in New York City to meet their goal of reducing environmental impact. Hydromx uses nano-technology to provide unmatched energy savings while maximizing efficiency.
The Challenge with Water
For decades, water has been the heat transfer medium of choice in heating and cooling many hydronic solar systems. Many systems use water to transfer heat in virtually everything that heats or cools by a fluid. Water is inexpensive, readily available, and easily managed. However, water is not the best conductor of heat. It is corrosive to most metals and needs to be treated with inhibitors. Additionally, water has a limited temperature range meaning it will freeze at 32° F and boil at 212° F. Almost all liquids contract as they cool and freeze; however, water is one of few liquids will expand and burst when it freezes. Therefore, certain applications need glycol (usually propylene glycol) mixed with water to lower its freezing point, to protect equipment and piping systems.
Glycol Solutions Lack Efficiency
The downside is that glycol inhibits heat transfer, making water even less efficient and increasing energy consumed by 15 to 20%! The glycol/water mixture will also derate equipment, system capacity, and output by the same percentage. To put this into perspective, you would need a 6,000 MBTU boiler to do the same job as a 5,000 MBTU boiler using a glycol/water mixture, regardless of the fuel used. Also, pump, pipe, and coil sizing will need to be recalculated and upsized for the same reason. This increased initial cost, added to a 15 to 20% energy increase, has a huge impact when calculating a system’s life cycle cost.
There have been improvements in heating and cooling equipment efficiency. This is largely in the form of boiler combustion efficiency or refrigeration compressor efficiency but little in terms of actual heat transfer improvement of a fluid. Attempts to improve heat transfer were in the form of thinner wall copper tubing in coils and heat exchangers or boiler construction, but we are still using water; that is, until now.
Enter Nanofluid Technology!
More Effective Than Water
Hydromx’s nanofluid technology is superior to water in several ways. First, our nanofluid transfers heat with significantly lower energy requirements. It has higher efficiency than water by up to 37%. Second, it minimizes scale, corrosion, algae, and bacteria from taking hold in your system. This protection mitigates maintenance expenses, downtimes and prolongs the life of your equipment. Furthermore, water in climates like NYC requires an additive (typically glycol) to prevent freezing, while Hydromx does not. Glycol can lower heat transfer efficiency and is therefore much less effective. Additionally, there is virtually no downtime when adding Hydromx to a system. Finally, Hydromx can contribute to as much as 10 LEED points when certain requirements are met.
Innovative Technologies Leading the Way in New York City
New York City recently decided to support building code changes to include technologies from four private companies. This change is due to the city’s rollout of the landmark law, placing a limit on greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
In an announcement, the city stated it would consider offering technical support. Additionally, it will provide “prioritized assistance” to help the technologies gain traction in the market. Andrew Rudansky, a spokesman with the New York City Department of Buildings, reported this to Bloomberg Law.
Furthermore, under Local Law 97, buildings larger than 25,000 square feet will have to reduce their carbon emissions by varying amounts or face fines, starting in 2024. Stuart Saft, a real estate attorney with Holland & Knight LLP, said the law’s targets are technologically unreachable.
“Climate change is an existential threat to a coastal city like ours, and innovative technologies will help us meet this challenge head-on,” said New York Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca.
Companies with an Empire State of Mind
New York City chose Hydromx as one of four manufacturers with outstanding products incorporated into the new building code. Hydromx’s innovative nanofluid is highly efficient in cooling and heating systems. Additionally, Radiator Labs, Inc., a New York City-based maker of a smart radiator cover networked to central boiler control systems. WexEnergy LLC offers custom window insulation panels. Last, Zinc8 Energy Solutions provides batteries using zinc and air as fuel.
Due to Local Law 97, some New York property owners fear this law will impose high costs they can’t afford. Especially with the coronavirus driving commercial and residential tenants out of the city.
Hydromx uses Nano-Thermo™ technology in its revolutionary heat transfer nanofluid. Nano-particles that suspended in a stable state to increase heat transfer speed. It heats or removes heat from the fluid, and transferring energy faster requires substantially less energy. The nanofluid’s energy savings translates to saving money. Hydromx is ideal for most closed-loop systems and improves efficiency. Lower maintenance costs are an additional result of utilizing Hydromx’s nanofluid, thanks to the diminished run-times required to achieve desired heating or cooling temperatures. Furthermore, Hydromx is formulated to prevent calcification, algae, and corrosion from forming or collecting within a system.
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