HeatCore is now completing its organisation with a qualified manager, with Mr. Kent Gustafsson. Kent will continue to reinforce the building up and monitoring the quality system for full compliance with relevant Gas directives and pressure vessel regulations for the HeatCore product. Kent has a long experience from building and driving quality systems for heat exchanger parts from large plate heat exchanger manufactures. Kent comes nearest from Alfa Laval where is has been quality manager for the brazed plate heat exchanger product line.
Following tests done by an external party, we have now received word of initial positive results, indicating that the Heatcore unit has the performance in line with expectations and a lot lower nox emissions, making it compliant with 2018-regulations
We have successfully entered partnership with well established suppliers for some of our vital components. These supplies are a critical success factor for the production of the HeatCore unit.
Our internal test lab for measuring quality on a component level is now complete, including the capacity for water hammer-, thermal fatigue-, calcification testing.
With this set-up we can continuously analyse the effects of individual design changes, to ensure the HeatCore product complies with lifetime expectations.
For the system level testing, we have started cooperating with a well reputated third party test organization.
Examle test results showing the HeatCore product (left) having minimal microboiling in product, in comparison with competing products (right).
We are pleased to announce that we have received a second consecutive order of HeatCore units; this time from France based “boostHEAT” for use in their innovative thermodynamic boiler, which combines boiler technology with a heat pump – allowing boostHEAT to achieve unrivaled seasonal performance levels.
The Heatcore unit will be used in the “Apache”-project to achieve the compactness and efficiency that boostHEAT requires.
For a short description of the boostHEAT product, see below; for more info, please visit their website at http://boostheat.com
With its thermodynamic boilers, boostHEAT combines boilertechnology that efficiently transfers the heating value of a fuel (gas, fuel oil, wood, etc.) to the heating system (heaters, underfloor heating) with that of heat pump, which converts one electrical energy unit into 2 to 5 thermal energy units. This combination is generated via a thermal compressor, at the heart of boostHEAT's innovation.The compressor uses the heat of the gas burner to efficiently compress high temperature CO2 (in the order of 700°C). "The fuel's heating value is not used to supply the heating system but to compress the coolant used by the heat pump", says Jean-Marc Joffroy.Compression does not use a mechanical power transmission process as it stems from a thermal cycle which doubles the energy efficiency of current condensing boilers. By early 2017, boostHEAT's innovation will meet the domestic hot water heating requirements for all types of residential, collective and tertiary buildings with a very high output.Thermodynamics is the basis of the industrial revolution. It is used in a number of areas in our everyday life: engines, transport, power generation, etc. The only area where these principles are not used is heating, still based on fossil fuels, which is continuing to directly adversely affect heat. Gas combustion generates a temperature of over a thousand degrees to produce water at sixty degrees. boostHEAT has focused its research work on this theme and has developed a technically suitable and economically viable solution.
Images of the Heatcore unit in its current iteration:
We have successfully expanded the production area by adding a semi-automatic fixture and a pick and place robot. This will increase our production capacity significantly and is an additional puzzle piece toward the future complete automation of the HeatCore production, to be implemented in our first pilot plant.
Planning for the pilot plant is issued and will be executed during next year.
HeatCore presents its technology and product on the International Gas Union Research Conference 2014 September 17-19 in Copenhagen
HeatCore INTRODUCE HEATCORE TECHNOLOGY – AN ULTRA COMPACT, FUEL FLEXIBLE CONDENSING BOILER
Gas fired condensing boilers are energy efficient and show acceptable emission levels regarding both particulate as well as other pollutants (unburned hydro carbons (UHC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx). The focus with the development has been the compactness of the function, almost half the size (and weight) comparing with conventional technology, as well as fuel flexibility, by using our novel hybrid combustion technology. Another important advantage is the integrated burner and heat exchange design, which makes the assembling very easy.
A study of the HeatCore technology has been performed in collaboration with the Swedish Gas Center (SGC), Smidmek AB, Dometic AB and Peak EE. Catator has started a sister company (HeatCore AB) to promote the commercialization of the technology. HeatCore will offer the technology to OEM customers within the boiler segment but also to OEM customers within the industrial and leisure markets.