Italian heat exchanger manufacturer LU-VE has upgraded its partnership on R744.com to silver.
Heat exchanger manufacturer LU-VE has upgraded its partnership on R744.com to silver.
The firm, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, is headquartered in Uboldo, Varese in the Italian region of Lombardy. It has 10 production units around the world and has been in the sector for over 30 years.
“We have one of the biggest R&D laboratories in our sector in Europe and we have been collaborating closely for over 30 years with the Polytechnic University of Milan and over 21 other universities all over the world,” said Livio Perrotta, marketing manager, cooling systems business unit, LU-VE GROUP.
This focus on R&D has allowed the company to become one of the world’s leading heat exchanger manufacturers.
LU-VE, which closely collaborates with universities in Milan and around the world, was one of the first companies to work with CO2. “Our first CO2 plant dates back nearly 14 years to Switzerland (Zürich),“ says LU-VE’s Perotta. “We provided the gas cooler with spray system.”
In 2010 the company decided it would start Europe’s first CO2 test plant for CO2-based finned heat exchangers, and also “to test CO2 unit coolers and gas coolers in both sub-critical and transcritical operation”.
“The new testing plant enabled the launch of a specific project for a CO2 fin-and-tube heat exchanger, with the primary aim of improving knowledge of heat exchange phenomena in evaporation, condensation and during transcritical gas cooling,” Perotta said.
LU-VE has adapted water injector systems developed in 1997 to modern CO2 systems. “EMERITUS® is the latest innovation developed for the range of condensers, dry coolers and gas coolers manufactured by LU-VE Exchangers. This new technological advance (patent pending) is the result of collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan and brings together the benefits of spray systems and adiabatic pre-cooling,” he said.
“When EMERITUS® is applied to CO2 gas coolers, higher system [coefficient of performance] can be achieved even during the hottest hours of the year,” he added.
This investment in taking lessons from the past and applying it to new technology is part of the company’s motto. “The future has an ancient heart,” he said.