In today’s world businesses are beginning to implement green technologies into their standard operating procedures. Low-GWP equipment, also known as Low-Global Warming Potential equipment, focus on the integration new technologies to reduce the depletion of the ozone layer. Specifically, supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and other food service establishments are targeted in the effort to replace old commercial refrigeration equipment with Low-GWP equipment.
It is estimated that 60% of the installed refrigerant in the United States is found in supermarket commercial refrigeration units. Today there are new design strategies that reduce the amount of refrigerant needed while at the same time reducing the likelihood of leaks of flammable or toxic refrigerant. Unfortunately, most of these systems still run on HFC refrigerants, they reduce the HFC consumption in multiplex rack commercial refrigeration systems. Beyond these systems, there are a variety of climate-friendly alternatives to CFC/HCFC/HFC refrigerants that have become available in recent years.
If you are looking to purchase a new commercial refrigeration system or planning on retrofitting your current system, do some research on some of the newer refrigerant technologies; isobutane (R-600a), propane (R-290), propylene (R-1270), ammonia (R-717), and carbon dioxide (R-744). As technology continues to develop new alternatives are constantly being introduced.
Over the last 20 years two of the best designed Low-GWP commercial refrigeration units are distributed systems which can lower refrigerant charge by 30-50% and indirect systems which can lower refrigerant charge by 50-80%. In Europe, indirect systems are the industry standard where as in the United States, distributed systems are commonplace. There are many options for commercial refrigeration Low-GWP systems.
For industrial refrigeration installation in St. Louis, contact us today at American Services, you won’t be disappointed.