Fusion-bonded plate heat exchangers

Alfa Laval’s patented AlfaFusion bonding technology creates highly efficient, compact heat exchangers made entirely of stainless steel. Virtually maintenance free and capable of handling extremely high pressures and temperatures, they are an ideal heat transfer solution for challenging applications. These include duties with high cleanliness demands, with aggressive media such as ammonia, or where copper or nickel pose contamination risks.

AlfaNova fusion bonded plate heat exchangers

Sustainable Heat Transfer

  • 100% stainless steel construction means 100% recyclability
  • Resists corrosion from aggressive media and process fluids
  • Prevents nickel or copper-contamination when working with drinking water or any other hygienic fluid
  • AlfaFusion technology enables higher temperature resistance than traditional brazed heat exchangers with same high-pressure capabilities
  • Optimized plate design with asymmetric channel configuration provides maximum efficiency in demanding heating and cooling applications
AlfaFusion is a breakthrough manufacturing technique that combines improved hygiene and corrosion resistance with the high efficiency and compact footprint of a brazed plate heat exchanger. By enabling a full stainless steel construction, our fusion-bonded AlfaNova heat exchangers can be used in installations normally reserved for conventional semi-welded and welded technologies. They are also a confident choice when the prime focus is on cleanliness, such as in clean water refrigeration and tap water heating systems.

How it works

Alfa Laval fusion-bonded plate heat exchangers are carefully engineered to ensure the greatest possible thermal performance within the smallest possible footprint. Watch this animation to learn more about their basic operation.

Brazed plate heat exchanger animation

Glass of water

When nickel and copper just won’t do

In applications with high hygiene demands, all equipment must conform to the strictest standards. For drinking water applications in particular, where protecting consumer health is a top concern, preventing the possibility of nickel and copper contamination has become a critical issue. As a result, more and more OEMs are seeking heat exchanger solutions for clean water chiller and tap water heating systems that do not use these metals.

Built in 100% stainless steel, AlfaNova heat exchangers are an optimal choice when nickel and copper just won’t do. In addition to providing peace of mind when it comes to hygiene, they also offer much higher efficiency than traditional copper and nickel-free solutions used for these duties.

Interested in learning more? Visit our Heating & Cooling Hub to find useful information for critical applications and tools for identifying the right solution for you.

Enter the Heating & Cooling Hub

Unique features to boost your performance

With more than 80 years of experience in heat transfer innovation, Alfa Laval knows what it takes to deliver high-performance solutions for any application. Our experts continuously develop new innovations that give our fusion-bonded plate heat exchangers more reliable and efficient performance.



100% stainless steel

Built with 100% stainless steel, AlfaNova® is a solution that Alfa Laval offers for applications that use media not compatible with traditional heat exchanger materials. Not only is this advanced design optimized for use with natural refrigerants, it’s also completely recyclable.


Flex flow icon


Superior thermal performance

Alfa Laval’s patented asymmetrical plate design is one of many unique innovations that gives you improved thermal efficiency thanks to optimized pressure drop and increased turbulence. In addition to cutting energy consumption, that means reducing refrigerant volumes and raw materials.

REF futurure icon


A future-proof investment for tomorrow’s refrigerants

As an innovative driver in the development of solutions for natural refrigerants, Alfa Laval brings years of experience working with products that enable the use of new-generation and low-GWP refrigerants to help you meet sustainability goals and any legislative requirements.

ValuePlus icon


Total support – with value-adding options to fit your needs

Get access to a wide range of tools as well as Alfa Laval’s application and product experts. ValuePlus support includes all documentation, approvals and certifications in addition to an ever-expanding range of accessories. Thanks to Alfa Laval’s prototyping and testing expertise as well as our large-scale manufacturing capabilities, you can always expect fast delivery, easy installation and optimization, and full compliance with any regulations.

PressureSecure icon


Unparalleled strength for demanding duties

Our innovative plate designs support the widest range of high-temperature and high-pressure applications. Units can run using thinner plates and fewer plates, which translates to less raw material, lower energy consumption, reduced refrigerant charge and a longer equipment lifecycle.


Guidance from leading experts

AlfaNova: true stainless steel

Want to see the difference that steel can make in your application? Get all the facts about AlfaNova, the 100% stainless steel heat exchanger built with our patented AlfaFusion process.

Refrigerants of tomorrow

Questions about today’s refrigerants market? Our experts can help you understand the changes taking place and provide guidance for picking the best refrigerant for your needs.

Energy efficiency

Advancements in heat exchanger innovation are making it possible to achieve much greater energy efficiency from your equipment. Let us introduce you to the latest features for boosting sustainability in your application.

Simplicity for your business

Alfa Laval has taken the complexity out of selecting the right heat exchanger. Learn about the tools we have for helping you get the right technology for your business right when you need it.


Contact us

Do you have questions about our portfolio of brazed and fusion bonded plate heat exchangers? We can work with you to find the optimal model to fit your specific needs.