Solutions for Environmentally Friendly Industrial Cooling

Can you cool your factory or warehouse and protect the environment? This is a problem that has vexed business owners as they try to balance their costs against the need to work in a responsible manner.

Can you cool your factory or warehouse and protect the environment? This is a problem that has vexed business owners as they try to balance their costs against the need to work in a responsible manner.

Anybody who works in the factory or warehousing industry knows that climate control is crucial. However, it can also be expensive and polluting, and this pollution can hit the company in its balance sheet and lose potential custom.

Industry has had in the past the unfortunate reputation of being one of the world's great polluters. However, this image is now changing through responsible companies who know that a clean air means a clean reputation.

With a greater awareness for green matters coupled with the obvious business need to improve efficiency, companies are increasingly look at ways to keep costs down and to reduce their emissions. A company with a negligible CO2 footprint can boast a major PR victory.

As green technology advances with increasing pace, business owners can take advantage of several technologies to cool their premises without costing the Earth.

One of these methods is the use of "green"cooling towers that take advantage of evaporative cooling.

As water evaporates, it removes excess heat from the area and cools any circulating fluids to safe temperatures.

"Green" cooling towers go a step further by using a design that allows the towers to work without electric motors, with the obvious reduction in energy bills. Evaporative cooling towers can range in size from small rooftop units to large, free-standing structures.

Solar air cooling is the use of solar panels to collect energy from the sun and then use that energy to power fans.

This method is especially safe for the environment because it is self-sufficient. Not only do factories using solar air cooling not need electricity to cool the factory, solar energy can also be used for factory heating.

Technology in solar panels has advanced greatly in recent years, with unit prices plummeting as their efficiency improves. Even in the UK's temperate climate where sunshine is not always guaranteed, their use makes increasing sense.

A third method is through the technology of heat exchange.

Heat exchangers make particular sense for both factory heating and cooling. Hot air is run through ducting past ducts of cooler air, resulting in highly efficient temperature reduction. The technology also is impressively efficient for cooling hot liquids.

Renowned for their efficiency and simplicity, heat exchangers are used in everything from small appliances to large spaces such as factories and warehouses.

As technology advances, it's becoming increasingly clear that industrial cooling can be environmentally friendly. New developments mean that processes which were previously highly polluting are now more efficient, cleaner and cheaper than they were before.

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