20 years of QUANTUM, 20 years of powerful performance, outstanding reliability and high efficiency – our chiller’s birthday is the perfect opportunity to look back on the two decades of history of this flagship series.
The success story of the QUANTUM began in 2003. That year saw the debut of the water-cooled QUANTUM Water with oil-free magnetic-bearing compressor technology and a capacity of up to 1.8 megawatts. And the debut was successful: the very same year, ENGIE Refrigeration won the German Industry Innovation Award for its new chiller. In 2007, we launched our modular ellipse-based design and extended the capacity range to up to 2.4 megawatts. In addition, our experts developed the first air-cooled QUANTUM Air, which offers a cooling capacity of between 250 kilowatts and two megawatts and is considered the most efficient air-cooled chiller with magnetic-bearing compressor technology on the market.
But the ENGIE Refrigeration team did not rest on its laurels. In 2013, the third QUANTUM generation, with an optional open-flash economizer, extended the capacity range to up to 3.3 megawatts. Two years later, it became possible to operate the series with the low-GWP refrigerant R-1234ze, which opened up new sustainable and forward-looking prospects for the cooling industry. In 2016, the series was once again in top form, thanks to the addition of the QUANTUM Power chiller with a cooling capacity of up to eight megawatts. The newly designed air-cooled series was launched in 2019, followed in 2021 by the new water-cooled series, with the four refrigerants R-1234ze, R-515B, R134a and R513A and a cooling capacity of around four megawatts. An impressive history, which demonstrates how progress and innovation have always been top priorities for ENGIE Refrigeration – then as now. They have been essential in enabling the QUANTUM to set new standards in performance, energy efficiency and sustainability for the past two decades.
This urge to innovate drives not just ENGIE Refrigeration as a company, but also many other different industries. Today, more than 4,600 QUANTUM chillers from ENGIE Refrigeration are providing a sustainable cooling supply around the world; about 3,650 of them are water-cooled models and around 1,000 are air-cooled (as of June 2023). And demanding applications are a speciality of our QUANTUM. Our chillers promise absolute reliability, whether they are cooling the Amadeus Data Processing GmbH data centre or simultaneously cooling ten data centres run by a German operating company. The QUANTUM also demonstrates its strengths at the Schön Klinik Vogtareuth, the Liverpool Hospital in Australia and a medical centre in Bavaria. In addition, the QUANTUM is providing maximum energy and performance efficiency for a chemicals company from Singapore and for ARBURG, a globally leading machine manufacturer.
After two promising decades of the QUANTUM, it’s clear that the chiller’s success story will continue. Innovative technologies from ENGIE Refrigeration create space for new milestones – but the company’s aim remains unchanged: to make the most powerful, energy-efficient and thus sustainable refrigeration solutions. That means there will be plenty of reasons to celebrate market innovations and QUANTUM anniversaries in the coming years – and that’s something that machine operating companies can look forward to!
The dairy industry is both energy-intensive and particularly demanding when it comes to cooling and heating. A solution that convinces with quality, efficiency and climate friendliness is therefore essential. How ENGIE Refrigeration manages this task for a specialist in drying and evaporating technology with a thermeco2 high-temperature heat pump and ensures sustainable dairy production in the process, Frank Glaser, Key Account Manager Industrial & Commercial Heating, reveals in an interview.
At ENGIE Refrigeration, we set promising standards for numerous industries not only with chillers but also with heat pumps. We are now communicating this more strongly to the outside world with our new corporate visual, which is both eye-catching and forward-looking.
Digitisation is one of the economic megatrends of our age. Most businesses are reliant on smooth-running information technology (IT) – and thus on data centres, the IT all-rounder. But how can a sensitive digital infrastructure be operated as safely, efficiently and sustainably as possible? With its QUANTUM chiller and SPECTRUM heat pump, ENGIE Refrigeration now takes care of ten local data centres belonging to a German provider – and is breaking new ground for the IT industry in the process.
Due to their environmental impact, refrigeration systems and heat pumps have faced increased scrutiny from environmental organisations, governments and the public for some time. Debate has centred on the greenhouse effect of refrigerants, not least because of planned amendments to the F-Gas Regulation, which will make it more stringent. However, the climate relevance of chillers and heat pumps can only be properly assessed with the help of an ecological balance sheet that includes the entire greenhouse effect of the systems. One popular method of holistic ecological assessment is provided by the TEWI value.
The digital transformation is opening up a wealth of new opportunities for companies. Augmented reality (AR) in particular is providing innovative momentum to Industry 4.0 and making complex processes significantly more efficient. ENGIE Refrigeration has long recognised the potential of this technology for the refrigeration and heating industry and has been working together with the global AR/VR technology leader HOLO-LIGHT since 2017 to integrate AR applications into individual work areas. Jannick Hartmann, Senior Software Sales Manager at HOLO-LIGHT, and Jörn Stiegelmeier, Head of Technology and Development at ENGIE Refrigeration, talk about the benefits of augmented reality for both employees and customers.
There are many chillers, but SPECTRUM Water only exists once. The model is unique in its performance range – this is ensured by the sophisticated product features. What precise added value does this offer to users?
The heating transition starts in buildings. This means that cities and municipalities, with their large number of buildings, play a crucial role on the path to carbon neutrality. What’s the best way to structure the energy transition and heating transition as soon as possible and as successfully as possible? Large heat pumps such as the SPECTRUM Water and thermeco2 can make an important contribution to this endeavour
Heat pumps instead of gas! At a state-of-the-art real-estate complex near the French metropolitan region of Bordeaux, a climate-neutral future is in the air, assisted by a new SPECTRUM Water from ENGIE Refrigeration. In our interview with Roman Steddin, the product manager explains why our heat pump is exactly the right choice for this project.
Anyone who has been in hospital knows that pleasant temperatures assist recovery. A clinic in Bavaria now provides such temperatures with a QUANTUM Water chiller from ENGIE Refrigeration, ensuring that the clinic runs smoothly.
Food production is one of the most sensitive industries. In this sector, heating supply requirements are particularly exacting. What reliable solutions does ENGIE Refrigeration provide to meet these requirements? The expert Frank Glaser, a key account manager for industrial and commercial heating at ENGIE Refrigeration, explains using the Osatina Group as an example.