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Capillary Tube Heating and Cooling

CDCE is proud to be UK agent for this exciting, low carbon technology. Capillary tube mats carrying water are installed in the floor, walls or ceiling to provide heating and cooling. The capillary system allows a greater surface area of water, meaning the pipes are small - 3 or 4mm. For heating, the flow water only needs to be 35oC, meaning carbon savings wrt other systems that require higher water temperatures. For cooling, the minimum flow temperature needed is 16oC, again providing carbon savings wrt conventional systems. Since the pipes are small, it can allow great space savings and cost benefits, making the system competitive with other heating and cooling technologies available in the UK.

The inspiration for the system came from nature, both in terms of the capillary tubes and the radiative transfer of energy. Capillary systems are widely employed throughout the animal kingdom for heating and cooling purposes. Our favourite is the Giraffe, the spots of which contain capillary tube systems close to the surface of the skin, allowing the animal to maximise it's cooling potential.

The system has enjoyed a long and successful history on the continent. We would be delighted to talk to you more about using the system in your project.

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