Opteon XP10 and XL55 Chosen by OEMs as the Low GWP Refrigerant Solution
The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with leading market positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions announced today that its Opteon portfolio of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants is increasingly being selected by leading global OEMs for use in retrofits and new equipment offerings.
In advance of the 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida, Johnson Controls announced their decision to enhance their HFC product line by providing a chiller portfolio that is fully compatible with both R-134a and Opteon XP10 (R-513A) for their York centrifugal and screw chillers ranging from 125 to 6,000 tons. Johnson Controls selected XP10 due to its non-flammability, low GWP, and comparable performance to R-134a.
During the AHR Expo, Smardt Chiller Group announced the commercialization of high-efficiency XP10- based centrifugal chillers. Smardt is the global leader of the fast-growing oil-free centrifugal chiller market, with factories in Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia and China. Smardt expects its magnetic bearing centrifugal chillers to be available in both air-cooled and water-cooled versions well before the end of 2016.
These announcements add to the growing list of OEMs that have specified Opteon XP10, including Trane, which has announced commercial availability of its Sintesis air-cooled chillers, and Emerson and Bitzer, which have approved and listed XP10 for use in their compressors.
Opteon XP10 (R-513A) is a commercially available, non-flammable, low GWP hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blend with a GWP of 573 (56 percent reduction over R-134a). XP10 has an excellent capacity and efficiency match to R-134a across a range of applications, including refrigeration, air conditioning, chillers and heat pumps.
Multiaqua, a ductless air-cooled water chiller OEM, brought attention to another Opteon product at the 2016 AHR Expo, where it highlighted Opteon XL55 as its choice for a low GWP R-410A replacement. Opteon XL55, with an expected ASHRAE number of R-452B, is gaining significant interest from OEMs as the optimal low GWP R-410A replacement and is awaiting approval under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
When replacing R-410A, XL55 offers improved performance, while maintaining design compatibility. It also has the lowest flammability compared to industry tested R-410A alternatives. Chemours unveiled XL55 at the 2015 International Congress of Refrigeration show in Yokohama, Japan. At that show, Trane exhibited the first air-cooled demonstration chiller, AquaTrine, designed for use with Opteon XL55.
“The continued adoption of the products in our Opteon portfolio by major OEMs shows the significant shift that the industry has begun to make toward our HFO solutions,” added Diego Boeri, global business director of Chemours Fluorochemicals. “We see our Opteon™ brand as the future of the industry and these latest specification and commercialization announcements show that our customers see this as well.”
The Opteon portfolio of fluorochemistry products from Chemours represents a breakthrough line of low GWP solutions. They were developed to help meet increasing global HFC regulations while maintaining or improving performance compared to incumbent products. Chemours has invested millions of dollars to bring these new products to market and will continue to invest in new products and additional capacity as the need for low GWP solutions grows throughout the world.
Source: <a href="http://opteon.com" target="_blank">The Chemours Company</a>