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Technology to reduce refrigerant environmental impact

Neu-Isenburg, Germany: DuPont Refrigerants is showing new refrigerant solutions that will “significantly reduce the environmental impact of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment” at Chillventa exhibition.

DuPont’s Opteon refrigerant products currently under development have a much lower global warming potential than historically used refrigerants.  DuPont will provide information on the Isceon 9-series product portfolio, a family of products commercially available designed specifically to enable easy conversion of existing R-22 refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, allowing end users to continue to utilise existing equipment for the remainder of its useful life.

In four presentations at the exhibition, the company will give insights into the current development status of low global warming potential technologies in various applications as well as highlight the dangers of counterfeit refrigerants.

The DuPont Isceon 9-series is a family of non-ozone-depleting retrofit refrigerants, which enables continued use of existing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment without the need for costly investment in replacement equipment or extensive modification measures.

According to EU Regulation EC1005/2009, only reclaimed or recycled HCFCs may be used for maintenance or servicing of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment up to the end of 2014. Then, from January 1, 2015, there will be a complete ban on the use of these substances.

Joachim Gerstel, market development manager, DuPont Refrigerants, says: “The amount of recycled R-22 is already limited today. Since dealers and distributors expect a further shortage due to steadily decreasing returned quantities of R-22, we advise rapid conversion to avoid shutdown of equipment and the costs associated with this.

The work required for conversion can generally be carried out as part of routine maintenance and servicing during normal business operation. DuPont is committed to assuring that Isceon 9-series refrigerants will be widely available in sufficient quantities.”

Chillventa 2012 takes place from October 9 to 11 in Nuremberg.