It called on manufacturers to commercialize equipment that can heat up to 200°C to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
Certified data on two comparable A+++ units found the natural refrigerant model to be 21-34% more efficient than the f-gas option.
Global Online Database ‘Cool Technologies’ Seeks Examples of Hydrocarbon-Based Products and Installations
The Cool Technologies website aims to provide references to energy efficient equipment that does not rely on f-gases.
The three companies purchased (Emicon, Hidros and Ethra) focus on natural refrigerant commercial heat pumps and chillers.
ATMO Europe: European Commission Report Promotes Natural Refrigerants as Competitive Edge for EU Heat Pump Manufacturers
The European Commission’s energy department premiered the report at ATMO Europe.
The Midea brands have greatly reduced the amount of propane refrigerant in compressors.
These units are designed for small and medium enterprises with cold storage needs.
The acquisition will enhance Panasonic’s commercial AC offering in Europe, while also expanding its heat pump business.
A switch from R32 to R290 would likely incur a small incremental material cost (less than €10).
In their more advanced version, the compressors can save up to 50% of energy use compared with R404A models.