EUROKLIMAT is marketing its EKO.E air-cooled water chillers on hydrocarbons21.com, which use environmentally friendly propane (R290) as a refrigerant to provide ecological, efficient and reliable cooling in commercial and industrial applications. In an interview with EUROKLIMAT, hydrocarbons21.com learns about the technical advantages and obstacles of the chillers.
Speaking to R290, one of the technical subjects we have explored is the overheating on the suction side. This is a very important parameter to control in R290 chillers, in order to grant reliability of the units in the long term. In some applications an additional exchanger is requested to grantthe correct gas overheating; the source is the liquid leaving the condenser that, by subcooling, improves the thermodynamic performances of the refrigerant as well. We have been working hard in order to find the right exchangers since the pressure drops on the suction side must be kept at the minimum. At the end we have identified a product line specifically designed for this application that has fully satisfied our factory test and so our customers,” explained Matteo Gaggianese, Technical Manager at EUROKLIMAT.
2014 has been an important year for us since we’ve started focusing on promoting R290 as a EK strategic choice in the market. After more than 10 years not participating in exhibitions, we exhibited at Chillventa in Nuremberg last October, with a stand completely devoted to R290. The result was even better than we were expecting! We also decided to Partner with hydrocarbons21.com, as we believe that having a community focused in this specific business can help us to get “filtered” info from the huge amount of news we receive from the global market,” commented Francesco Cattaneo, Sales Director.
2015 is another step forward for hydrocarbons, as the deadlines outlined by the F-Gas Regulation have indicated reducing high-GWP refrigerants. The general discussion surrounding R290 make our decision-makers more aware that R290 is an excellent refrigerant and that its weakness, flammability, can be easily controlled. Until a few years ago, R290 was simply refused by most of the market; people were not considering it an alternative and saying its was too dangerous. Today, we have met with many important refrigeration market players that are now seriously considering the use of this natural gas because of its undoubted technical advantages joined to the fact that it is not a product of chemical synthesis,” said Andrea Mastrosimone, Export Manager.