The San Diego, Calif. office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently purchased a propane (R290)-based laboratory refrigerator for holding evidence, according to equipment supplier SolidCold Corp.

The solid-door unit, the M3R47-2-N model made by Turbo air, “can be used in most any application – commercial kitchen, laboratory, etc.,” said Mark DuFloth, president of San Diego-based SolidCold.

The refrigerator, which includes a self-cleaning condenser, covers a temperature range between 33°F and 38°F.

Turbo air, a Long Beach, Calif.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, has completely transitioned its product line this year to hydrocarbons. either R290 or R600a, the latest in a series of OEMs that have converted to hydrocarbon refrigerants.

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