Heatcraft to install its first transcritical system at cold storage plant

By Michael Garry, Jun 27, 2018, 04:41 1 minute reading

OEM is one of several companies at the Global Cold Chain Expo promoting CO2 refrigeration for industrial applications.

From left: Grady McAdams and Ajit Kailasam, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, at the Global Cold Chain Expo

In another example of the growing interest in COrefrigeration in the industrial sector, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration plans to install its first transcritical COsystem at a new cold-storage facility later this year.

The facility operator opted for COtranscritical rather than a traditional halocarbon DX solution, said Grady McAdams, director of cold storage sales for Heatcraft, in an interview at the Global Cold Chain Expo Tuesday in Chicago. He declined to name the company without its permission.

“They liked the idea of going green and not having any future issues,” he said.

Heatcraft is one of several manufacturers promoting COtranscritical refrigeration for industrial applications at the expo, including Carnot Refrigeration, Hillphoenix and Zero Zone.

Climate Pros, an Illinois-based contractor exhibiting at the expo, recently installed a COtranscritical system from Carnot at the MaMa LaRosa dough-making facility in Michigan.

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” said McAdams. “There’s going to be a lot more opportunity, and we want to play in this market.” Transcritical CO2 is best suited for small-to-medium industrial plants, he added.

Heatcraft has been receiving one or two inquiries per month about transcritical COfor industrial applications, said Ajit Kailasam, cold storage manager for Heatcraft, at the Global Cold Chain Expo.

The transcritical system costs about 20% more than a traditional DX system using HFCs – 15% more after installation, Kailasam said, noting that the transcritical system will be 10% more efficient. The transcritical CO2system uses semi-hermetic reciprocating compressors.

They liked the idea of going green and not having any future issues."
– Grady McAdams, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration 

By Michael Garry

Jun 27, 2018, 04:41




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