Manufactured with Alfa Laval’s patented AlfaFusion technology, AlfaNova is a heat exchanger consisting of corrugated stainless steel plates bonded together without any copper or nickel. The unique design means that AlfaNova can withstand more extreme temperatures and pressures with greater fatigue resistance than conventional brazed plate heat exchangers. It is also suitable for duties with very high hygiene demands.
More with AlfaNova
- An optimal solution for hygienic applications such as tap water systems
- Copper-free design is suitable for use with ammonia refrigerant and for clean water refrigeration chiller applications
- Load distribution across many contact points secures excellent resistance to pressure fatigue
- AHRI-certified for reliable thermal performance in a range of HVAC applications
- Available with marine classification for use in a range of LPG/LNG duties, due to wide temperature range and copper-free construction
AlfaNova’s unique fusion-bonded manufacturing process provides greater reinforcement for the plate pack, which in turn ensures a higher degree of pressure resistance than that offered by comparable technologies. Additionally, the 100% stainless steel construction makes it possible to withstand temperatures as high as 550°C (1020°F). As a result, AlfaNova is highly dependable in applications with extreme pressure and/or temperature demands. Use of the same material for all key components also provides high thermal efficiency, in addition to giving the unit mechanical strength equivalent to any fully welded counterpart.
AHRI for HVAC
AlfaNova heat exchangers are available with certification according to the Liquid-to-Liquid Brazed and Fusion-Bonded Heat Exchanger programme of The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). For heat exchangers used in HVAC applications, this programme offers independent, third-party verification of thermal performance according to manufacturers’ published specifications.
How it works
Two media at different temperatures flow on either side of thin corrugated stainless steel plates that are stacked on top of each other. The two media flow in a countercurrent flow through alternate channels and are held within the plate pack by a fusion-bonded seal around the edge of the plates. The points at which the plates are in contact with each other are also bonded with the same technology, reinforcing the pack against the pressure of the media inside.
The countercurrent flow makes it possible to extract heat efficiently even when there are only extremely small differences between the temperatures of the hot and cold media. This results in notable energy cost savings.
In some systems, co-current flows re also possible.
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Unique features to boost your performance
With more than 80 years of experience in heat transfer innovation, Alfa Laval knows what it takes to deliver high-performance solutions for any application. Our experts continuously develop new innovations that give our AlfaNova line of heat exchangers more reliable and efficient performance.
Unparalleled strength for demanding duties
Our innovative plate designs support the widest range of high-temperature and high-pressure applications. Units can run using thinner plates and fewer plates, which translates to less raw material, lower energy consumption, reduced refrigerant charge and a longer equipment lifecycle.
Superior thermal performance
Alfa Laval’s patented asymmetrical plate design is one of many unique innovations that gives you improved thermal efficiency thanks to optimized pressure drop and increased turbulence. In addition to cutting energy consumption, that means reducing refrigerant volumes and raw materials.
100% stainless steel
Built with 100% stainless steel, AlfaNova® is a solution that Alfa Laval offers for applications that use media not compatible with traditional heat exchanger materials. Not only is this advanced design optimized for use with natural refrigerants, it’s also completely recyclable.
A fuel cell system built with Alfa Laval plate heat exchangers - Sustainable, safe and cost efficient
When the German renewable energy supplier HEE Technologies GmbH designed combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system, it was a clear choice to use Alfa Laval’s plate heat exchangers for fuel cell stack cooling and exhaust heat recovery. The system uses hydrogen as energy source, making it sustainable, safe, and cost efficient.
Finding the right heat exchanger
With expertise from decades of experience in heat exchange, Alfa Laval offers guidance and useful tools to help you meet today’s heating and cooling challenges. Our product guide is an interactive resource you can use to find the ideal solution for your application.
Do you have questions about our portfolio of brazed and fusion bonded plate heat exchangers? We can work with you to find the optimal model to fit your specific needs.