Georgetown, DE (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
Xergy Inc. exhibited its first full scale 2.5KW demonstration "Kuel-Cell" Electrochemical Compressor unit at the DOE ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit at the National Harbor, in Washington DC. This device uses water as a refrigerant; using 8 cells (8.5 cm x 8.5cm) configured in series electrically and in parallel for fluid flow. The demonstration unit features glass domes that can be 'touched" by observers to feel the hot and cold side of the refrigeration system as well as two pressure gauges on either side of the expansion valve that can provide pressure differential data during operation of the unit. A Video was shown demonstrating the operation of this system in Xergy's booth in the Expo portion of the Summit.
The "Kuel-Cell" Compressor system operates by pumping protons across an ion exchange membrane between two gas diffusion electrodes. These protons draw refrigerant (in this case water) with them across the membrane. When the refrigerant reaches the other side of the MEA (membrane electrode assembly) it is released at higher pressure and fed into a refrigeration cycle (as with other compressor systems). The "Kuel-Cell" Compressor Technology is inherently much more efficient, motor-less noise-less, modular, scalable, more reliable than traditional mechanical systems and employs non-CFC refrigerants that do not deteriorate our environment. There are many other benefits to the "Kuel-Cell" technology that can be realized depending on the specific application - such as in refrigerators, heat pumps, electronic cooling systems, automotive cooling systems, etc. Proton-Pumping systems are well known in biological systems as the mechanism utilized to move nutrients across cell membranes.
This technology is transformational and disruptive, and will revolutionize refrigeration systems globally, resulting in important environmental benefits. Refrigeration Systems account for over 30% of residential and commercial power requirements, and obviously any gain in system efficiencies will substantially reduce energy consumption and in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In addition, over 400 million electric motors are produced for mechanical compressors worldwide, and adoption of the "Kuel-Cell" technology will reduce depletion of critical materials used to make electric motors. Since, "Kuel-Cell" technology can operate without using CFC based refrigerants, it will also dramatically reduce ozone layer depletion caused by current refrigerants.
Xergy Inc. is a high-technology start-up venture based in Sussex County, Delaware with over 10 patents in process; and has entered into programs to commercialize this technology with a number of global F500 companies. Xergy Inc. won the GE Ecomagination award in 2011, and was a finalist in the ARPA-E 2010 program.
For more information, please contact Bamdad Bahar, at 302 856 3500.. The company's website is http://www.xergyinc.com