The three companies purchased (Emicon, Hidros and Ethra) focus on natural refrigerant commercial heat pumps and chillers.
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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.
The compressor manufacturer has developed an R290 indoor condensing unit and plug-in cooler to boost its market share.
The heat pump generated 12.8kW (3.6TR) of heating capacity with only 124g (4.4oz) of R290.
The heat pump is expected in 2023 while the low-charge chiller for indoor installation will soon be commercially available.