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A Unified Approach in System Architecture Development During Energy Efficient Design of Cooling Plants

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 604-621
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d7.0318
Krešimir Osman1 , Dennis Jankovich2
1 Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Konavoska 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
2 ESE project d.o.o., Savska cesta 2b, 10360 Sesvete, Croatia


This paper aims to present the approach to the creation and rendering of a detailed solution for cooling plants including all supporting documents. The paper presents all steps and specific sub steps of the presented approach and the approach has been verified on an example of a cooling plant with water-cooled chillers in the pharmaceutical industry. The authors were motivated to use such approach to find an expedient and high-quality solution for the system architecture. They believe that optimal cooling plant system architecture can be provided by an adequate selection of the required equipment and all system parameters it needs to comply with, through two phases of evaluation analysis, including all supporting technical documents. The approach is based on the designers’ engineering knowledge and years of experience in this field. It is based on a so-called Configuration and Change Management approach where the required/acceptable solution is provided by configuring the product and changing product properties through several loopback steps. The approach is quite comprehensive and complex, however, it produces a satisfactory solution with well presented results, which makes it applicable to the creation of new cooling plants.

Keywords: Cooling plant, Energy efficient design, Unified approach, Evaluation, Complex technical system, Optimal system architecture.

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