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ICS Cool Energy calls for careful refrigerant selection
2017/11/12
Nov 10, 2017
ICS Cool Energy is calling for refrigerant producers and component manufacturers to work together to establish the right balance between safety and operational performance.
 
In light of F-Gas legislation requiring a reduction in the use of HFC refrigerants and a move towards the use of refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP), selecting a suitable refrigerant has become an extremely complex task. The industry’s refrigerant options have been limited significantly, particularly when other factors, such as volatility and operational efficiency, are considered.
 
Malcolm Edwards, technical manager at ICS Cool Energy, explained: “There is no off-the-shelf solution when it comes to refrigerants, particularly for low temperature applications, and companies face a careful balancing act between GWP, toxicity and flammability. For example, A2Ls, which meet the F-Gas legislation criteria of low GWP, are classed as mildly flammable, which obviously poses safety risks when it comes to their transportation and handling.
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