Italian OEM plans to sell units in U.S., following EPA approval.
Italian OEM Blupura is bringing its propane water coolers in the U.S., now that the EPA’s SNAP program has approved propane as a refrigerant for water coolers (with a 60 g maximum charge). However, the company still needs UL approval, a process it recently began, said Debora Screpanti, marketing manager for Blupura.
Blupura’s propane units, which consume 15% less energy than HFC water coolers, are targeted at hotels, restaurants and offices, she noted. “Many Americans are not aware of what natural refrigerants are,” she said. “We need to educate them about why we do this and what the benefits are.”
““Many Americans are not aware of what natural refrigerants are.”
– Debora Screpanti, Blupura
Blupura displayed its propane units in May at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago.
The U.S. market for propane water coolers, is “the same as in Europe nine years ago,” noted Luca Constantini, who co-founded Blupura in 2008. Blupura chose propane as a refrigerant because “We believe in a better environment and being different.”