Spanish component manufacturer Tecnac is moving into the North American and U.K. markets with new UL and UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) certification for a number of its components for CO2 (R744)-based applications.
This was disclosed by Javier García, Tecnac’s International Sales Manager and Cost Controller in an interview at last week’s Chillventa trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.
According to García, there is currently a high demand for CO2, as well as other natural refrigerants, which is driving Tecnac’s expansion into new markets.
“Natural refrigerants are present and will be the future because governments and new regulation are going to make synthetic refrigerants disappear sooner rather than later,” he said.
Founded in 1988, Tecnac designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes components and accessories for the refrigeration and air-conditioning industries, including oil separators and oil receivers for both subcritical and transcritical CO2 applications. The company also manufactures liquid receivers, suction accumulators and valves for R744 refrigeration, as well as components for ammonia/NH3 (R717) and propane (R290) refrigeration.
“Natural refrigerants are present and will be the future because governments and new regulation are going to make synthetic refrigerants disappear sooner rather than later.”Javier García, Tecnac
With the UL and UKCA certifications, Tecnac products are now available in 61 countries across the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K.
UKCA and UL certification
According to its product catalog, the manufacturer’s liquid receivers for CO2 are now UKCA and UL approved. Tecnac’s U.S.- and U.K-certified liquid receivers range from 1L (0.2gal)-capacity units with a maximum working pressure of 45bar (653psi), to its 5,000L (1,321gal) unit with a maximum working pressure of 130bar (1,885psi), which is suitable for industrial refrigeration.
Several of Tecnac’s other CO2 products have also received UKCA certification, including its vertical liquid receivers, horizontal oil receivers, hermetic, sectional and coalescent oil separators and suction accumulator.
Tecnac’s Rotalock valves are also now UL certified.
According to García, since gaining its UL certification, the company has been selling a lot of its products in the U.S. market.
In addition to the European and North American markets, García explained, South America is becoming a very important region for Tecnac right now, with “many opportunities” coming from the area.
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