Tecumseh Products Company LLC, a global leader and innovator of commercial refrigeration technologies, introduces a Series “AL” compressor platform with high efficiency optimized for R-290 refrigerants, and also expanding several existing platforms with new models that are specifically optimized for A2L refrigerants. Tecumseh unveiled these compressors at the virtual tradeshows: Chillventa eSpecial and ATMO America during October. As an official sponsor of these events, Tecumseh showcased these new compressor platforms through live webinar presentations along with their recently introduced VTC-High Capacity, the latest variable-speed offering with extended cooling capacity.

Series AL Compressor Platform for R-290

New Series AL Compressor platform is up to 15% better in performance and energy efficiency packed in a very compact body. In a quiet and small housing that is estimated to be roughly 5% shorter in height compared to competitive products, Series AL models provide up to 20cc displacements and are designed specifically for L/MBP applications in light commercial refrigeration. The expanded L/MBP operating range allows standardized use across display cases, reach-in coolers and ice machines applications.

Series AL, optimized for R-290 (propane) refrigerants, has capacities ranging from 1,240 to 1,800 Btu/h (0.36kW to 0.52kW) at LBP and from 3,730 to 4,990 Btu/h (1 to 1.5kW) at MBP both in EN12900 conditions.  It delivers the same capacity as a larger displacement, single-speed compressor, making more room for merchandise in refrigeration units.

Doug Murdock, the CEO of Tecumseh remarked, “In Tecumseh’s history, we have produced a number of legendary compressors such as Series AE and AJ. We are excited to introduce another game-changing platform that we believe will set the industry standard for the refrigeration community.”

Expanding Portfolio with Low-GWP A2L Refrigerants

In addition to the new Series AL platform, Tecumseh is one of the first manufacturers in the refrigeration industry to introduce new compressor models optimized for low-GWP A2L refrigerants such as R-455A, R-454C and R-1234yf. The platforms with those new A2L-ready models are Series AE2, AJ2, FH2 and AG compressors. Earlier this year, Tecumseh Europe released its ‘Silensys Advanced Condensing Unit’ equipped with some of the A2L-optimized compressors for the European market. The new A2L-ready compressors can be used in indoor or outdoor condensing units ranging from 1 to 20 kW, making it the perfect solution for cold rooms, display cases, refrigerated cabinets and beverage dispensers in food retails and services.

Ernani Nunes, Sr. VP of Global Sales and Engineering at Tecumseh said, “We have now further expanded our portfolio to provide highly efficient alternatives that satisfy the European F-gas regulations.” Compressors optimized with A2L refrigerants give customers great alternatives to mid-sized system requirements that are too small for a typical CO2-based system and too large for a R290-based system.

Using Tecumseh’s A2L offerings, design engineers at refrigeration OEM companies now have more suited choices to approach the refrigerant transitions without compromising system efficiency while meeting low-GWP requirements.

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