From the environmental point of view, as far as selection of good refrigerants is concerned, nowadays the primary focus is on Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and Global Warming Potential (GWP). However, there are so many other aspects, which we cannot neglect. In fact, any ultra-modern company with progressive outlook now looks for a holistic approach in this regard.

Recently, Secop, the expert for advanced hermetic compressor technologies and cooling solutions in commercial refrigeration, has declared its stand on selection of refrigerants through a nice white paper titled, ‘Refrigerants Position By Secop’.

I have enough reasons to appreciate the company’s views. Firstly, they feel that selecting a refrigerant should be done with respect to the environment, but the job does not end after choosing a low GWP solution. We also need to take into consideration the other characteristics that could lead to a negative environmental impact. Secop has adopted this complete approach – to not bring additional harm to the earth and also be fully green by offering sustainable products that are able to utilize natural refrigerants.

Secondly, very reasonably it considers seeking a balance between all the determining factors before reaching the final decision. The company states, “Low GWP, better efficiency and a manageable cost to implement, predetermine HCs to be a preferable long-term solution in both low and medium pressure. There is a growing trend in the market for hydrocarbon use in the segment in which Secop has a strong product range. A future expansion of the refrigerant charge limit to 500 g will bring additional possibilities to the light commercial segment. This will allow higher cooling capacities in applications covered by IEC60335-2-89:2019. Higher charge limits will require a stronger focus on safety requirements and designs.”

According to the currently valid F-gas Regulation 517/2014, bans of high GWP refrigerants used with new appliances will continue in steps until 2025 – and for service or maintenance until 2030. Considering that Secop is now working with determination to establish a green future, which will drive the refrigeration market towards natural refrigerants.

Pravita Iyer
Publisher & Director

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