For almost two decades, German company Bitzer has been developing and manufacturing reciprocating compressors for subcritical and transcritical CO2 applications.
“As a pioneer and leading manufacturer in the field of CO2 compressors, the company has been well-established in the European market for many years, and has had great success with its products,” said Spannan. “Particular significance is attributed to CO2 as an instrument to combat climate change,” he added.
Japan: a crucial market for natural refrigerant technologies
Sales of Bitzer’s CO2 compressors have increased fivefold in the last five years as the company strives to expand its portfolio to a broad range of applications.
Spannan was keen to stress Japan’s importance as a key business location and an important market “for technologies that are fit for the future”, explaining that the company would seek “further expansion in the Japanese market with CO2 compressors”.
Asked to describe the opportunities and challenges ahead for the company’s operations in Japan, Spannan said, “Bitzer sees great potential due to the, as yet, unsolved question with chemical, non-combustible, low-GWP refrigerants” – and noted that CO2 provides “a good and proven alternative here in the food retail industry and for heat pump applications”.
In Europe, Bitzer has already established a comprehensive installation and service structure for CO2 technology. “At the start of February, Bitzer was able to open the new SCHAUFLER Academy in Rottenburg (Germany), which provides the most modern theoretical and practical spaces for CO2 training courses,” Spannan said.
The company also offers training courses in other global locations, such as Australia.