The world’s largest collaborative project for the research and development of nanofluid coolants, NanoHex comprises of a consortium of 12 leading European companies and research centres. The €8.3 million project has been funded by the Seventh Framework Programme grant, together with investment from the consortium themselves. Initially promoted by the Italian based research and development company ISIS R&D, in collaboration with European Industries and Universities, and using promising research results from previous works carried out by the consortium
NanoHex aims to develop and optimise safe processes for the production of high performance nanofluid coolants for use in industrial heat management. It will also endeavour to develop an analytical model that can accurately predict the thermal performance of such nanofluid coolants; something that has not yet been achieved.
Nanofluids have shown significantly enhanced thermal properties incomparison to traditional cooling fluids and by coupling significant technical benefit and commercial viability with environmental friendliness, NanoHex aims to produce a nanofluid that can be safely manufactured, applied and recycled.
The efficient removal of heat is one of the top challenges facing a number of industries, including microelectronics, transportation, manufacturing and power generation. With existing cooling technologies reaching their limit, innovative and more efficient cooling technologies are needed to support technological development and reduce the impact such technologies have on the environment. The nanofluid developed will be applied in demonstrative cooling systems for both Data Centres and Power Electronic components to illustrate how nanofluid may help to extend product reliability, reduce energy consumption, lower operating costs, cut carbon emissions, and ultimately, enable the development of more sustainable products and processes within industry.