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Aluminium for the automotive industry – Vehicle thermal management

Downsizing, turbocharging and electric vehicles are putting the heat on thermal management systems in vehicles. Hydro is in pole position to deliver the perfect aluminium thermal management system for your projects.

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Automotive heating and cooling using aluminium

The vehicle of today requires that effective heating and cooling of both the exterior and interior are done effectively and with the minimum of maintenance. Aluminium is the perfect material for thermal management because it combines material strength, corrosion resistance, weight reduction capabilities, good thermal conductivity and its ability to be processed and machined quickly.

Unlike traditional materials, aluminium used in automotive applications also maintains a sustainability advantage. Allowing your automotive projects to be as materially sustainable as possible on the interior as well as the exterior increases your green credentials and contributes to a greener automotive future.

How aluminium from Hydro can be used for vehicle thermal management

Virtually all the measures taken by manufacturers to meet vehicle emissions legislations are putting pressure on keeping things cool.

For Hydro, this translates into creating aluminium vehicle parts where consistent and efficient thermal management is required. Hydro delivers aluminium tubing, aluminium manifolds and strip and sheet that can help you make cars that operate at the optimum temperature, no matter the conditions.

You can find our extruded aluminium tubes, multi-port extrusions and welded aluminium tubes in almost every heat exchanger present in the modern car. From conventional vehicle condensers and evaporators made from aluminium, aluminium cooling systems (for fuel, oil), battery coolers for electrical vehicles through to aluminium connector lines that join everything together, Hydro is producing high-quality aluminium products that not only allow your projects to move forward, but also brighten the future of the motor industry.

Why choose aluminium for thermal management?

Integrating aluminium components into the thermal management system of a car or vehicle makes it possible to reduce part counts and assembly costs. Replacing traditional materials and using aluminium in a vehicle could lessen weight by as much as 30%.

As aluminium is fully recyclable, a large percentage of the car of the future could be made from 100% recycled aluminium, a truly sustainable vehicle.

Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminium

Hydro CIRCAL is our range of products made with recycled, post-consumer scrap. Using recycled aluminium, we are able to drastically reduce energy use in the production phase, while still being able to offer high-quality aluminium products.

Operating the most advanced aluminium sorting technology in the industry allows Hydro CIRCAL to provide some of the highest recycled content aluminium in the market. Currently we offer Hydro CIRCAL 75R that contains a minimum of 75% post-consumer scrap. The higher the recycled content, the lower the carbon footprint.

Find out more about how Hydro Circal could make your aluminium thermal management products more sustainable.

Hydro REDUXA low carbon aluminium

Hydro REDUXA is our series of low-carbon aluminium. By using renewable energy sources like hydro power, Hydro REDUXA reduces the carbon footprint to 4kg CO2e per kg of aluminium (less than a fourth of the global average). The result is aluminium with one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints – maximizing sustainable opportunities for our customers in the automotive industry.

Using renewable energy from water, wind and solar, Hydro can produce cleaner aluminium than ever before.

Find out more about how Hydro REDUXA could make your aluminium thermal management products greener and more sustainable.