@TheCrudeDude “I would do some calculations for the heat load the recovery side will generate.”
We have a lot of flexibility on how we manage various parts of our recovery cycles, but won’t know any real numbers until we get up and running.
We can influence the process in a lot of ways, from how we handle the material columns (i.e. how cold do we freeze them before setting them up for collection) to staggering cycles, etc.
When we were only thinking single phase, we had the easy answer of “Biggest”. From there, we’d adapt our particular process to performance cooling capacity of the chiller to keep all of our processes within target temperature zones.
It makes sense to go with a Touch Science unit to shake out the system and get a better understanding of process times and actual thermal load. If we can’t stay withing our targets running three columns simultaneously, we’ll simple run one at a time while we gather data. From there, we’ll have a stronger understanding of work flow and real world efficiency (and profitability). If required, the system is flexible enough to make an upgrade down the line.
@TheCrudeDude “I have not seen a -80 chiller all of theirs are -30.”
Never seen one in real life, and they aren’t searchable on AI’s site. You can find links that bring you back to specifications on their site, and some vendors have them listed for sale online. That said, they may or may not exist.
@Dred_pirate: “For recovery. You’re going to need to spend an additional $25k~ to handle the load. Or get a jacketed heat exchanger or condensing coil and use lc02. Unless you are running active. A polyscience 6860 or whatever the model is, that might be able to.”
We are building around active recovery, with a jacketed heat exchanger down-stream of the pumps to condense vapor on it’s way back to the solvent tank. (We are also going to be running hydrocarbons.)
If our load is too high for our recovery rate and keeping our solvent tank pressures in check, we could add another chiller and run it directly to the heat-exchanger/condenser.
There are too many unknowns to predict performance. As mentioned above, we designed in a lot of flexibility to the system, and are confident we can change our procedures to adapt to the equipment. We might even find success just slowing down recovery to allow the chiller to keep up.