What We Do
QuantaCool Corporation seeks to develop and
optimize its proprietary microchannel heat pipe (MHPTM)
technology, for the passive cooling of high-intensity heat sources to
remove and dissipate large quantities of heat, which are passively
rejected to ambient cooling media. Working proof-of-concept
devices have been built, demonstrating the feasibility of the MHP
cooling concept. Our custom computer simulation code and access to
an instrumented laboratory test facility gives us the tools to design and
optimize MHP systems for specific cooling requirements.
How We Work
in concert with device manufacturers to design and specify the
micro-channel heat exchangers and other components, and contract-source
or license the design of these components for the customers. To
obtain the best heat transfer, devices should be built or bonded
directly onto the MHP heat sink outer surface. Heat sinks, cooling
fluids and external cooling units would be assembled during device
manufacturing or system installation.
welcome opportunities for collaboration or partnerships with customers,
academia, and consortia, to leverage the many benefits of MHP
technology. If you are interested in working with QuantaCool,
please contact us.
Data Centers: MHP technology can benefit data centers by
enabling direct removal of heat from the server processors (CPUs) to
ambient air or cooling water, dramatically reducing, or possibly
eliminating the need to air-condition the server rooms.
Electricity consumption can be significantly reduced or, where
centers are limited by power availability, server / computing
capacity can be increased correspondingly, deferring the need to
invest in new facilities. Potential additional benefits
are more compact centers via higher server / rack densities, cooler
and thus more efficient / faster operation of the CPUs, reduced
noise, and the recovery of waste heat for space heating purposes.
Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV) Solar Power: One of the
biggest PV cost drivers is cell efficiency, which falls with
increasing temperatures. State-of-the-art PV cells are 2
- 3 times more efficient than the cells use flat-panel, but are very
expensive. CPV systems use lenses or mirrors focus the
sunlight onto small area, allowing cost-effective use of the more
efficient cells. The concentration factor or solar
module cost reduction is primarily limited by the ability to operate
within the PV cell temperature limits. The superior cooling
offered by MHP technology enables an order of magnitude higher
concentration factor, significantly reducing the PV cell cost of
modules; this could make solar electricity competitive with
conventional power without subsidies.
Cooling of military high-power electronics: MHP technology
can enable more-compact and robust cooling solutions, reducing
system size and weight, improving the performance and reducing the
vulnerability of vehicles, aircraft, and ships.
More compact cooling of high-power lasers:
High-powered solid-state lasers are used by the military, industrial
welding/cutting, and medical sectors. These lasers are
optically "pumped" by high intensity LED light sources, which
require cooling. State-of the art lasers use
liquid-cooled microchannel cooling systems which require bulky and
maintenance-intensive water cooling and circulation systems.
The evaporative cooling principle and proprietary heat exchanger
designs reduce the coolant recirculation rates by 2 orders of
magnitude, enabling a much smaller cooling package and reduced power
Safer cooling and storage of spent nuclear fuel: Spent
nuclear fuel continues to release a large amount of heat for several
years, before it can be processed for ultimate disposal. The
current technology for storing spent nuclear fuel is to immerse it
in on-site above-ground tanks cooled with pumped cooling water.
These systems are vulnerable to extended power interruptions (as the
Fukushima disaster demonstrated) or aerial impact / attack.
By applying suitably designed MHP cooling principles, spent nuclear
fuel could be safely stored and passively cooled underground,
eliminating the vulnerability to external attack or loss of cooling
due to natural disasters.