Trane, a provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Trane Technologies, announced that it is introducing the low global warming potential (GWP) R-454B refrigerant across its entire portfolio of scroll compressor chillers, heat pumps, multi-pipe units and rooftops as the more climate friendly replacement for the R-410A refrigerant. The Conquest CGAX chillers and CXAX heat pumps for comfort and process applications are now available in Europe, and are the first of the upcoming Trane units featuring the next generation, low GWP refrigerant.
R-454B has a GWP level of 466, the lowest among the refrigerants available today for scroll compressor technology, offering improved energy efficiency and matching properties, but 76% reduction in direct GWP impact against R-410A and 30% reduction against R-32 It answers customers’ need to future proof their investment by mitigating the increasing tax rates put on refrigerants across Europe.
“At Trane, our promise has always been to deliver the right refrigerant in the right product at the right time, offering our customers a comprehensive environmental solution that is responsible for the environment and good for their business,” said Jose La Loggia president of Trane in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Trane started offering HVAC systems with low and ultra-low GWP, next generation refrigerants in 2014, designing products that meet our customers’ sustainability goals without sacrificing quality, reliability or performance. Today, the Conquest is the starting point of a new journey. We will continue launching new products in our scroll portfolio, and by moving directly from R-410A to R-454B we offer our customers the highest possible GWP reduction of all the potential replacements.”
With the introduction of R-454B across the entire scroll compressor portfolio, Trane now offers heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with low and ultra-low GWP refrigerants across all its product ranges. Depending on the product portfolio and compressor technology, Trane offers units with R-513A, R-514A, R-1234ze and R-1233zd(E). This strategy aligns with the sustainability commitments made by Trane Technologies and the commitment to reduce customers’ carbon emissions by one gigaton – equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined.
The new Conquest CGAX and CXAX models with R-454B are part of the Trane Technologies EcoWise portfolio. The EcoWise exclusive product portfolio includes HVAC and refrigeration systems, products, and initiatives designed to lower the environmental impact of Trane Technologies’ products, organization and customers.
All units with the new R-454B refrigerant will be tested in the Trane testing facility located in the production and design center in Epinal, France. The facility functions as a validation center for new product development enabling the simulation of all, even extreme operating conditions encountered during the life of HVAC equipment. Tests conducted at the Trane testing lab verify the performance and provide customers with confirmation that the units’ are designed to deliver top of the industry reliability and quality.