The launch a first-of-its-kind heat transfer fluid is set to revolutionise food and drink production globally, and for the first time ever provide a commercial solution to the long-standing efficiency-versus-toxicity challenge.
Kilfrost is launching its next generation ALV Plus fluid, which offers a viable alternative to monoethylene glycol (MEG) and monopropylene glycol (MPG). “Not only is ALV Plus certified as NSF safe for incidental contact with food and beverage, but it offers an absolutely premium performance” explained Kilfrost’s Chief Executive Gary Lydiate.
“Our research and development chemists have been working on our range of advanced low viscosity fluids for some time, and we’ve had these products on robust tests at sites across the world to really challenge them throughout the development process. We’ve been absolutely delighted with the results, and with the early response from food and drink firms globally, who for the first time ever have been told that they can have both efficiency and non-toxicity” he added.
Kilfrost ALV Plus is a low viscosity heat transfer fluid which is formulated with organic, FDA approved inhibitors and viscosity modifiers. It has been developed to reduce the incidence of pressure drops, as well as to reduce pumping costs and increase hydraulic efficiency. The fluid has an operational temperature range from -40°C to +40°C and outperforms MEG, MPG, Bio-PDO and ethanol-based heat transfer fluids. It also protects against corrosion and scaling, and is free from nitrates, nitrites, borates, heavy metals, and phosphates which are typical in many other standard industry products.
MEG-based heat transfer fluids are widely used in heating and cooling systems around the world as they offer good physical properties, but they are toxic and so pose a risk to human health if there is even a risk of incidental contact with items intended for human consumption. The preferred alternative by many – MPG – has a more favourable toxic profile but is far less efficient at transferring heat energy, particularly at low circulation temperatures. And with energy costs spiralling, the industry has long been seeking a most cost-effective and safe alternative.
Kilfrost’s team of expert chemists took on this challenge and developed a range of fluids to perfectly suit a diverse range of sectors which complement Kilfrost ALV Plus. Kilfrost Geo has been launched to support geothermal applications and particularly closed loop systems, Kilfrost GLV has been developed for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector and offers broader temperature range effectiveness, and Kilfrost ALV is based on GRAS listed base fluids and is for use in secondary refrigeration, heating and air conditioning.
“We are the original pioneer of safety critical fluids, and we have a proud pedigree of innovation and of developing market-leading and industry-changing fluids” added Gary Lydiate. “This range is absolutely no exception, and our Kilfrost ALV Plus is not simply an advanced low viscosity fluid, but a revolution in heat transfer which removes risk while adding efficiency and reducing operating costs. Needless to say we’re delighted to be bringing it to market” he concluded.
Kilfrost is a third-generation owned and managed family company, recognised as the global leader in safety critical frost protection chemistry and rheology. Working across the industrial and aviation sectors, Kilfrost maintains a proud focus on pioneering the next generation of products to raise industry standards, and to meet the growing needs of its commercial clients and the wider community.