ST. LOUIS, July 28, 2016 — With the commercial refrigeration industry taking a closer look at natural and alternative refrigerant options in the wake of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a company of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has updated its Copeland compressor lines to meet these new compliance standards.
The refrigeration industry is taking an even closer look at both CO2 (R-744) and propane (R-290); each has extremely low global warming potential.
In one back-to-back R-290 performance testing, Emerson saw an efficiency improvement of approximately 10 percent. Several compressors that utilize these natural alternatives have been released, including:
•Copeland semi-hermetic transcritical CO2 compressors
•Copeland Scroll™ compressors for subcritical CO2 applications
•Copeland hermetic compressors for R-290 to be used in small reach-in systems where the refrigerant charge is less than 150g
The majority of Copeland compressor platforms have also been validated for use with A1, hydrofluoroolefin blends, such as R-448A and R-449A. This includes both the Copeland Scroll and Copeland Discus™ semi-hermetic compressor lines. Later this year Emerson expects to validate its line of Copeland hermetic compressors for use with these blends as well.
Emerson has also invested in compressor evaluations using A2L (mildly flammable) refrigerants such as HFO-1234yf and HFO-1234ze. While the EPA has not yet listed A2Ls as an acceptable substitute, Emerson is preparing for their likely introduction into commercial refrigeration applications.
“It’s important to note that from a refrigerant perspective we’re not changing our core technology to achieve compatibility. We are continually improving our designs to optimize new refrigerant alternatives,” said Kurt Knapke, vice president, engineering and electronics, Emerson Climate Technologies.
For more information on Emerson’s Copeland line of commercial refrigeration compressors, click here.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit EmersonClimate.com.