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    VFD/VSD AIR COOLED CHILLER IS REALLY ENERGY EFFICIENT FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

    For the residential towers,providing Vfd air cooled chiller is beneficial in terms of energy savings ? As I discussed with multiple suppliers all have different opinion about this. York is telling as compared to constant speed chiller VSD chiller will give 20 to 25% energy savings . But Trane is telling that they have already more compressors comparing to york and the energy consuming will same as VSD air cooled chiller. Only advantage they are telling that starting current can make zero. I also heard that for the VSD chillers wear and tear for the compressors will be more because of running in high rpm.

    Can you suggest which type of air cooled chiller will be more energy efficient for commercial towers.

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    what type of compressors do you want.....scrolls or screws?

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    If cost of kW demand is an issue, the VFD's might be ahead in this horse race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71CHOPS View Post
    what type of compressors do you want.....scrolls or screws?
    Screw chillers


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    we have number of york vsd(YCIV) chillers. after the 10 year operation, almost all compressors were overhauled. so there is a fact that the high RPM may shorten the life. i don't feel these chillers made significant energy saver by vfd compressor compare to fixd speed.

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    I have a feeling the failures you experienced, were also due to the high ambient conditions in your area.

    Wether they have a VFD, or are Wye/delta start, they are still gonna be spinning the same RPM.

    The claimed savings with a speed drive is associated with being able to match the compressor capacity to the actual load. If the units are design to closely match the load, and you don’t have large variations, a speed drive isn’t going to save much. If you have wide load swings, you will save.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71CHOPS View Post

    Wether they have a VFD, or are Wye/delta start, they are still gonna be spinning the same RPM.

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    Except that some OEMs "overspin" their compressors with the VFD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71CHOPS View Post
    I have a feeling the failures you experienced, were also due to the high ambient conditions in your area.

    Wether they have a VFD, or are Wye/delta start, they are still gonna be spinning the same RPM.

    The claimed savings with a speed drive is associated with being able to match the compressor capacity to the actual load. If the units are design to closely match the load, and you don’t have large variations, a speed drive isn’t going to save much. If you have wide load swings, you will save.
    screw chiller slide valve will varies the load until 10% capacity. then where is the significant saving when using the vfd compressor

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    Quote Originally Posted by moideen View Post
    screw chiller slide valve will varies the load until 10% capacity. then where is the significant saving when using the vfd compressor
    10% capacity on a fixed speed compressor uses significantly more energy than a VFD compressor at 10% capacity.
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    Moideen, what are the run hours on your compressors ? 10 years doesn't seem too bad but what parts and why were they overhauled ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptyr View Post
    Moideen, what are the run hours on your compressors ? 10 years doesn't seem too bad but what parts and why were they overhauled ?




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    Quote Originally Posted by raptyr View Post
    Moideen, what are the run hours on your compressors ? 10 years doesn't seem too bad but what parts and why were they overhauled ?
    In market commonly saying that york vfd compressors getting damage in lesser years. The reason behind saying that they are varying rpm high as 7000 rpm. I think for the chiller age will be more than 15 years. So for 10 year compresser getting damage what is the use behind using vfd chiller . Energy saving will indirectly effecting the life cycle .


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    A large multitude of factors can damage a chiller long before an arbitrary date. Many of those items have nothing to do with whether the compressor is VFD driven or constant speed.
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