Laboratories and similar building types have long struggled to efficiently reduce an ever-increasing plug load power consumption. As building and HVAC systems become more efficient, the amount of electricity consumed by equipment inside the building becomes more significant as a percent of the total energy required by the facility. Moreover, critical electronic equipment itself such as mass spectrometers, laser, servers and robust computers feature components generating a significant amount of heat that must be removed to operate at peak efficiency.
Current technologies using fans to blow the heat off the equipment into the lab are inefficient and create hot spots across rooms. Mini-water chillers help but can be noisy, complicated to maintain, potentially add vibration to the space and reject their heat to the room, creating hot spots and a higher HVAC load. These traditional methods vary in temperature, pressure and water quality, putting laboratories at risk of flooding and associated damage. Simply put - traditional methods of solving this problem fall short.