In 2021, U.S. component manufacturer Emerson will complete the construction of a new transcritical CO2 (R744) test lab at its main campus in Sidney, Ohio (U.S.).

This will be Emerson’s second CO2 R&D facility, following its Helix Innovation Center in Dayton, Ohio, which opened in 2016.

“Emerson will continue to invest heavily in the research and development of natural refrigerant technologies,” said Andre Patenaude, Emerson’s Director of Solutions Integration, in an interview with this website about Emerson’s plans in 2021.

“These labs are designed to accelerate product development, collaborate with OEM partners and end-user customers, and help deliver simplified COsolutions for the industry,” he added.

Emerson will also continue to develop compression technologies, controls and valves for CO2 in commercial refrigeration, Patenaude said.

Among these solutions is a new CO2 rack supervisor and facility management controller for transcritical CO2 booster systems. Built with native applications, this system helps to not only manage standard system operation requirements, but also address high-ambient strategies, while providing enhanced integration with Emerson’s CO2 case controls, Patenaude said. 

“On the industrial side of things, we will continue investing in the development of CO2 compressors, including a new heat pump CO2 compressor,” he said.

“Emerson will continue to invest heavily in the research and development of natural refrigerant technologies.”

Andre Patenaude, Emerson

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