Alfa Laval has reinvented the Air-cooled heat exchanger by investing more than 100 million dollars to its R&D. Alfa Laval has made ACE a better solution when compared to a cooling tower. The cooling tower uses water from water body (lake, sea etc.) to cool down process fluid but water is not always easily available, in such situations ACE can be used. ACE does not require any cooling water which also eliminates the risk of fouling, usually found in a cooling tower. Eliminates the risk of Legionnaire’s Disease which is typically spread by water droplets from cooling towers. ACE has a low operating cost, operates as unmanned stations, easily installed and environmentally friendly.
ACE uses finned tube technology. The fins act as a turbine and creates huge turbulence. This increases the sheer stress which improves performance by 15%. These tube bundles are rolled on to a header box which enables it to reach high pressures. Welding changes the metallurgy of the tube thereby decreasing its strength. The tube bundles are easily accessible through the header box for inspection and maintenance. These tubes can be pressure washed for unplugging.