Technology

How Smartcool Saves Energy
by Compressor Optimization

Smartcool's ECO3 and ESM use intelligent compressor optimization to save an average 15% kWh and give customers a payback in 12 to 36 months.

Air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump (HVAC-R) units waste a lot of energy through natural inefficiency. Their compressors consume about 70% of the total energy used by the system. The average building has about 35% of its total energy used up by these systems- and many businesses see much more of their energy bill coming from their cooling systems.

The ECO3 or ESM is installed between the thermostat or primary controller and the compressor in any HVAC-R system. Here's how it works:

Conventional Cooling

  • Temperature in a controlled space will rise until it hits the maximum temperature allowed by the thermostat. The thermostat will then ask the compressor to run until the minimum temperature is achieved.

Figure 1- Conventional-Compressor-Operation

  • This system is operating within a control band. As the top of the band when the compressor begins to run, conditions are at their most efficient.
  • As the compressor continues to provide cooling and approaches the bottom of the control band, it is using twice as much energy to achieve each degree of cooling as it was when it started at the top of the band.

Smartcool solves this natural inefficiency with compressor optimization tailored to suit the existing controls and equipment.

Smartcool Cycle Optimization

  • Smartcool's ECO3 and ESM are installed between the compressor and the thermostat or controller. From there, they actively monitor and analyze the conditions of the system.
  • The ECO3 and ESM use the information they gather to dynamically adjust the length of each cooling cycle in order to help the compressor operate more often under its most energy efficient conditions.
  • The ECO3 or ESM will intercept the signal from the controller and calculate when the compressor should start and how long it should run for maximum energy savings while still achieving temperature requirements.

Figure 3- Compressor-with-Smartcool-dynamic-band

  • Smartcool's technology will not allow the compressor to short cycle and keeps it operating within manufacturer recommended conditions.

Some systems, like chillers (also called chilled line systems), may require a more advanced control methodology. For these systems, Smartcool provides custom load management strategies to save energy.

Advanced Load Modulation

  • Smartcool's ESM can ben installed within existing control methodologies to modulate load for periods of time during the cooling cycle
  • The ESM continues to actively monitor the system operating profile, but will not turn the compressor on or off.
  • Instead, the ESM is able to intelligently vary the compressor capacity through the controller, shedding load when it is not needed to achieve cooling requirements.

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Latest Press Releases

Smartcool Announces New CEO

Vancouver, BC. December 22, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce the addition of Theodore (Ted) Konyi to the executive team of the company, effective January 1, 2015. Mr Konyi, the founder of Smartcool, has now agreed to return as CEO to lead the company as it launch...

Refrigerated Trailer Testing yields average Daily Savings of 4.7 gallons of Diesel

Vancouver, BC. December 17, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce that the testing has been completed on a Refrigerated trailer, with savings achieved between four to six gallons per day depending on setpoint and outside air. This equates to 17% to 25% of the fuel co...

Smartcool Distributor Succeeds in Turning Car Dealerships Green

Vancouver, BC. December 15, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to report that Total Energy Concepts (TEC) has successfully installed Smartcool's ECO3 technology in 20 auto dealerships across the United States. With a growing concern about GHG (Green House Gas) emissions due to ...

Ener-Tech Cashing in on Smartcool ECO3 in Las Vegas

Vancouver, BC. October 20, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is excited to announce that it has recently signed a distribution agreement with Ener-Tech of Las Vegas, Nevada. Ener-Tech is utilizing the Smartcool's ECO3 product to optimize the performance of the air conditioning and heat pu...

Smartcool Signs Tri-Caribbean Energy as a Key Distribution Partner

Vancouver, BC. October 9, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with a new Distribution Partner in the strategically significant Caribbean market. Tri-Caribbean Energy has begun to sell Smartcool's ECO3 product in order to opti...

Smartcool Confirms Test Refrigerated Trailer Uses Up to 28 Gallons of Diesel per Day in the Refriger…

Vancouver, BC. October 1, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to provide an update on the refrigerated truck testing initiative previously updated on September 17, 2014. As the compressor of a refrigerated trailer is driven by an independent diesel engine with its own fuel supp...

Smartcool Provides Update of Testing for Fuel Savings in The Refrigerated Transportation Sector

Vancouver, BC. September 17, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to provide an update on the beta testing initiative announced on July 8, 2014 and updated on August 13, 2014 with a Florida-based food distribution firm. The goal of this testing is to determine the impact of the Smar...

Smartcool Signs Agreement with New Distributor Targeting Residential Markets

Vancouver, BC. August 19, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce it has signed a distribution agreement with Smartcooling LLC (Smartcooling) and received an initial order of ECO3 units. Smartcooling is a new independent distributor, formed for the specific purpose of broad...

Smartcool Provides Update of Testing for Introduction to Refrigerated Transportation Sector

Vancouver, BC. August 15, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is please to provide an update on the beta testing initiative announced on July 8, 2014, with a Florida-based food distribution firm.  The goal of this phase is to determine the impact of the Smartcool technology on compressor ...

Smartcool Enters Next Phase of Testing for Introduction to Refrigerated Transportation Sector

Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) announced today that it has received approval for beta testing of Smartcool's energy efficiency technology with a Florida-based food distribution firm. This test is the next phase in introducing Smartcool's technology to the refrigerated transportation secto...

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