We at ENGIE Refrigeration are proud to report that our QUANTUM Water, as the most efficient chiller currently on the market, has been very well received right from the start. We appreciate the high level of interest and the numerous enquiries we have received, not just from Germany, our domestic market, but also from around the world. Just four weeks after the launch, we sold our first model to a new customer in Switzerland. A QUANTUM Water will provide cosy temperatures for around 140 residential units with a total floor space of around 150,000 square metres in a large office and residential complex. We have also received concrete project enquiries from several important data centre operators and large companies in the pharmaceuticals industry that have not been part of the ENGIE Refrigeration customer base so far. This demonstrates that our QUANTUM Water chiller is perfect for the needs of the age.
We are justified in saying that the QUANTUM Water is built for the future: our chiller is powerful, ultra-efficient, cost-effective and climate-friendly. It was built with the concentrated expertise and long-term QUANTUM experience of the expert team at ENGIE Refrigeration. In addition, the QUANTUM Water stands out from all its competitors due to innovative smart features and a highly intelligent PLC. On top of that, and this may surprise you, I personally think that our QUANTUM Water is definitely the most beautiful machine on the market. With its appealing industrial design, enhanced performance and intelligent PLC, our chiller is truly unique.
The QUANTUM Water has three special features that make it really stand out: first, it has smart control, which allows the chiller to be operated from a smartphone or tablet instead of from a fixed touch panel. This is a first, not just for ENGIE Refrigeration, but for the entire refrigeration industry. And it makes many processes easier – for operating companies and service engineers alike. Second, we now offer the entire range of low-GWP refrigerants for the QUANTUM Water for the first time, and thereby contribute towards sustainability. Third, the series features a sophisticated modular concept comprising 47 chillers, 15 basic models, 15 evaporators, 15 condensers, four economizers and an enclosure for outdoor installation – and thus offers the right product for any customer requirement. By the way, we have summarised the most important benefits of the QUANTUM Water for our customers in an animation on YouTube.
Thanks to their compressors, our chillers are already highly efficient. The open-flash economizer has allowed us to increase this efficiency further – while providing an excellent performance. This is tremendously important to customers. That is why we have integrated the economizer in all 47 QUANTUM Water models as standard. It is similar for the new compressor technology and the latest Siemens PLC in our switch cabinets. Together, the open-flash economizer, compressors and PLC provide a level of quality, power and efficiency that has no equal on the global market. Users benefit from lower energy consumption, for example, and thus the most efficient solution for any operating state – guaranteed.
Thanks to the efficiency increases I described earlier, users can achieve a three per cent cost reduction on average if they use the QUANTUM Water chiller instead of its predecessor model. That may not sound like much at first; but if you consider how extremely efficient the previous product is, this achievement is absolutely worth mentioning. When the machine is running, the open-flash economizer produces further energy and cost savings. At the same time, the energy savings considerably reduce carbon emissions. And as the QUANTUM Water needs up to 20 per cent less refrigerant, it is also eco-friendly. Many people don’t know this, but a chiller that requires less refrigerant also has longer maintenance intervals. This saves customers time and money and also contributes further to sustainability. To summarise: the high efficiency of the QUANTUM Water chiller results in high levels of sustainability. That is how we at ENGIE Refrigeration help our customers prepare for the future and promote the transition to climate neutrality.
I can tell you that we are already working on several developments relating to the QUANTUM Water. They include an enclosure that takes the shape of a machine room, which will reduce customer-side handling of A2L refrigerant. It would enable the QUANTUM Water chiller to be set up outdoors and also function as an additional sound-insulating enclosure. On the basis of our QUANTUM technology, we are also continuing to work on expanding our operating limits to +68 °C for heat pumps and -10 °C for chillers. This is something we first achieved in the new SPECTRUM Water. The SPECTRUM Water will be available as a chiller and a heat pump around the world from the end of March, and will offer new benefits to customers such as the food industry, for example. One thing is certain: whether chillers or heat pumps, our customers can look forward to plenty of innovations from ENGIE Refrigeration in the coming months.
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.
What does the heat supply of the future look like? An interdisciplinary team at ENGIE Refrigeration has been focussing on this question for the past few months. The result: our new SPECTRUM Water heat pump, which has been available worldwide since 28 March 2022. Our employees explain the product characteristics and special benefits of this model in our ‘on point.’ magazine.
Beethoven could never have imagined this: artificial intelligence (AI) has now completed his ‘unfinished’ 10th symphony. AI has already been used to complete compositions by Gustav Mahler and Franz Schubert. Applications involving artificial intelligence are finding their way into more and more parts of our lives – and providing entirely new opportunities. ENGIE Refrigeration is ready for the future: we asked our expert Jörn Stiegelmeier, head of technology and development, about the smart refrigeration and heating solutions our users can look forward to.