PACE Awards
Water-cooled condenser for air conditioning
Company: Valeo
What: Water-cooled refrigerant saves fuel
Innovation: The condenser uses water, not air, to liquefy air-conditioning refrigerant vapor. Water is a more efficient coolant than air, which saves fuel. Water condensers also permit flexible packaging under the hood because they can be placed in various spots, while air-cooled condensers are placed in the front of the radiator.
First Customer: Imperia hybrid, a Belgian nameplate, in January 2014Web site: