Low-Energy Cooling Technology Looks Hot
THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE
ARVADA, Colo. – The American Dream is alive and well. No one can attest to that fact better than Dr. Valeriy Maisotsenko. The Ukrainian inventor fled the U.S.S.R. in 1992 with only his family, research papers, and dog in tow. All other worldly possessions, such as clothes and jewelry, had to be left behind in the family’s quest to reach the United States as quickly as possible.
Once there, Maisotsenko took up where he left off in Odessa, Ukraine: researching thermodynamics. He had taught, tested, and researched thermodynamics in his home country for 25 years. After working for several companies in the United States, Maisotsenko told colleague Tim Heaton about his dream of implementing a new cooling method. Heaton saw the potential in a crude prototype cooler in Maisotsenko’s garage and consulted with engineering friends, Alan, Lee, and Rick Gillan.
After numerous brainstorming sessions, the group decided to pursue the technology. A thermodynamics research and development firm called Idalex Technologies was formed in November 1999.
Within a year, the company had a product that could cool below wet bulb temperature without adding humidity. The first functioning unit was installed on Maisotsenko’s house in the spring of 2001.
In 2002, the company Coolerado was formed to launch Idalex’s first commercial product, the air cooler. Coolerado heat and mass exchangers were initially sold to other manufacturers to incorporate into their air conditioners. In the fall of 2003, Coolerado began selling complete units in conjunction with Mountain States Equipment Co. (MSEC). With the capabilities of MSEC, Coolerado was able to sell units ranging in size from 2 to 16 tons.
With this success, Maisotsenko has realized his American dream of creating and selling a unique product in order to make money. He was anxious to point out that his product has the added benefit of helping the environment. It contains no chemical refrigerants or compressors, so the equipment reduces pollution, saves energy, and is affordable.