Since winning the competition
Dr Alexander Reip, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Manufacturers are really looking for the kind of environmental benefits we’re offering. We’re all aware of how much scrutiny there is over our impact on the planet, so our solution has come at the perfect time.”
The company’s nano-scale coating, nanoFLUX®, provides far more nucleation sites than are found on the surface of conventional materials, in turn creating a far higher volume of the bubbles that are at the heart of heat exchange processes.
For example, Oxford nanoSystems is optimising an evaporator which is up to 70% smaller than a traditional unit. It requires 70% less energy and uses 70% less refrigerant (1kg of the common refrigerant R-23 does as much damage as 14.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide).
Now that the technology is proved following six years of lab-based work, the focus is on seeing nanoFLUX® used in products for real. Ultimately, Dr Reip wants it to be seen as the new industry standard for such heat transfer applications.