Centrifugal chillers are mainly used as heat sources for factory air conditioning and district
heating and cooling system. As with residential air conditioners, the electricity costs account for a
large portion of their operating costs, so energy saving is important. However, it is not easy for
customers to correctly monitor the equipment status and improve energy efficiency on their own.
Furthermore, As the machine ages, it is more difficult to keep track of maintenance records, which
makes it even harder to perform effective maintenance. To solve these problems, Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MTH) has launched a portal site which helps our customer s to
easily access to machine specifications, recommended maintenance plans and records, as well as
real time chiller operation status when necessary.
In addition, by integrating the portal site with the introduction of IoT to centrifugal chillers, MTH have visualized energy efficiency and loss, and have started to provide solutions for realizing data-based energy saving.
Inverters used for room air conditioners, which are household-use air conditioners, cause the outflow of harmonic current with a frequency other than the power supply frequency to the input current. This harmonic current is regulated and measures to meet the regulations are required and we have responded to the regulatory. On the other hand, if the waveform of the power supply voltage is distorted, the input current is distorted and the current increases and there are problems such as the deterioration of the efficiency and fuses blowout due to overcurrent in some cases. Therefore, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. calculated the distortion factor of the input current and conducted control so as to reduce it. As a result, it was confirmed that the total distortion factor could be suppressed to 1/5 to 1/2 and reported.
The controllers of centrifugal chillers manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MTH) are proprietary products of MTH. However, it was impossible to replace existing controllers with the latest ones due to the significant difference between old and new controllers and the difficulty in ensuring compatibility. Nevertheless, many centrifugal chillers that were released more than 10 years ago and are equipped with old controllers are still in service and they will continue to be used for a long time in the future. In order to reassure our customers that they can operate MTH centrifugal chillers for a long time without issue, we have developed a renovation controller with the latest features compatible with older controllers.
Today, it is recommended to raise the cooling temperature setting as a method of saving energy in building air conditioning. However, many air conditioners depend exclusively on dry-bulb temperature control and during the rainy season, their dehumidifying capacity for latent heat may be insufficient, resulting in discomfort. One of the causes of the latent heat load, which is a factor in this discomfort, is often the intake of outdoor air by ventilation. This time, we have commercialized a humidity control outdoor air processing direct expansion air handling system (Direct X Comfort), which has a cooling dehumidification function that controls the dew point temperature and a reheating function that utilizes waste heat, in addition to the functions of conventional outdoor air processing direct expansion air handling systems. By using waste heat from the heat pump as the heat source for reheating, this system has achieved a 60% reduction in power consumption compared to the conventional desiccant system that uses an electric heater as the heat source for regeneration.