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Article Date: 12th March 2018

Daikin Applied Launches New Generation of Inverter Driven Air-Cooled & Water-Cooled Screw Chiller Series with R-1234ze(E) Refrigerant

Screw Compressor Chillers - HFO Refrigerant - Non-Fluorinated Gases

Daikin Applied - inverter driven air-cooled and water-cooled screw chiller

The selection of R-1234ze(E) allows you to minimise the global warming impact of screw compressor chillers thanks to the low Global Warming Potential in combination with high energy efficiency.

R-1234ze(E) is a HFO refrigerant (Hydro Fluoro Olefins). Its Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) is equal to zero (0) and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) is 7 (according to the EU F-gas Regulation based on IPCC Fourth Assessment Report). The GWP value is less than 1 according to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

The new range of screw compressor chillers will be equipped with Daikin design inverter driven single screw compressor with Variable Volume Ratio (VVR) technology.

An inverter drive modulates chiller capacity at part load in the most efficient way, while VVR (Variable Volume Ratio) adjusts compressor operation at any temperature conditions. A sliding valve fine-tunes refrigerant discharge pressure to match the operating condensing pressure. In this way refrigerant is compressed to just the right pressure level thus minimising the energy losses typical of standard compressors designed with fixed volume ratio. Inverter drive for capacity control and VVR for discharge pressure fine-tuning, are working synergistically in order to optimize unit efficiency at any operating condition.

Daikin Applied - inverter driven air-cooled and water-cooled screw chillerThanks to this superior technology, current Daikin R-134a and new R-1234ze(E) series are already compliant with 2021 Ecodesign efficiency requirements. The R-134a ranges will be maintained in Daikin product portfolio allowing for a smooth market transition. The introduction of the new R-1234ze(E) range will provide a long-term solution that supports the HFC phase down schedule of the F-gas Regulation.

Daikin Applied’s Refrigerant Policy

Daikin Applied has a long history of continually reducing the environmental impact of cooling, heating and refrigeration products, as well as having a unique expertise that comes from manufacturing both refrigerants and equipment. This position is a result of the company's corporate philosophy to "Be a Company that Leads in Applying Environmentally Friendly Practices".

Regarding refrigerant choice, Daikin Applied has expertise in using fluorinated (HFC, HFO) as well as non-fluorinated gases (ammonia, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons), because the company believes in diversity of refrigerant choice to allow the best suited solution to be used in each application.

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