Given the intense heat generated by battery charge and discharge cycles, it was quickly apparent that the most effective solution would be to implement a Recirculating Chiller into the BESS. Boyd’s Recirculating Chillers circulate coolant underneath the batteries to keep them at optimal operating temperature during use. Boyd’s Chillers also have precise temperature control and have had a long history of successful implementation in many similar industrial and power generation applications in the past.
Chillers are one of the most reliable liquid cooling systems, alleviating many concerns regarding maintenance and service. Boyd's Recirculating Chillers have incredibly long lifespans with over one hundred thousand (100,000) unit installations currently operating in the field across a variety of industries. Boyd’s chillers also help avoid potential issues with predictive maintenance monitoring and leak detection sensors and alarms designed into the systems.
Since Battery Energy Storage Systems are located outdoors across many climates and environmental extremes, it is also crucial to ensure that the Chillers can handle large swings in ambient temperature and are designed to withstand exposure to wind, rain, UV and other elements. Boyd’s thermal experts analyzed many different potential scenarios with extremely high and low environmental temperatures to ensure that the Chillers would reliably operate even in fluctuating climates. After experimenting with different components, Boyd’s engineering team developed a construction featuring a specific compressor and high-performing refrigerant that is effective at cooling the system, even at temperature extremes. It was developed with ruggedization in mind to withstand extreme conditions.
Battery Energy Storage Systems in remote locations also mean that there is no place for a standard, roll-away style Chiller. Relying on decades of experience creating custom Chiller shapes and sizes, Boyd’s design engineers found that a door-mounted Chiller design could reliably cool the system and withstand climate variations and extreme conditions without taking up valuable space meant for battery cells.