Johnson Controls is advancing its White House Council on Environmental Quality commitment by enhancing HFC product lines to be fully compatible with the non-flammable, low-GWP refrigerant Opteon XP10 (R-513A), manufactured by The Chemours Co. YORK centrifugal and screw chillers ranging from 125 to 6,000 tons (440 to 21,100 kW) are compatible with R-513A.
“Our customers can have peace of mind when specifying or purchasing current R-134a-based product offerings, knowing their purchase will provide the full economic benefit, regardless of any potential HFC regulations during the lifespan of their equipment,” says Laura Wand, vice president, Building Efficiency global chiller business, Johnson Controls. “We always choose refrigerants that will best meet the needs of our customers and the environment based on safety, efficiency, reliability, availability and cost.”
“Just as we addressed ozone depletion years ago, specifically with regard to CFCs and HCFCs, we discontinued the use of R-123-based products to avoid potential obsolescence of equipment in the later stages of equipment lifetime,” says Wand. “We are always thinking and planning decades ahead, so our customers don’t have to worry about it. Our chillers are ready for the future.”
Chemours’ Opteon XP10 (R-513A) is a non-flammable (A1) azeotropic alternative to R-134A, providing 56 percent lower GWP and comparable performance. XP10 was commercialized as a part of a broad portfolio of Opteon refrigerants, which represent a breakthrough line of low-GWP solutions developed to help meet the current and proposed HFC regulations while maintaining or improving performance compared to incumbent products.
“As the HVACR industry faces increasing pressure to shrink its growing environmental footprint, Opteon XP10 provides equipment owners with a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-based, low-GWP and non-flammable solution to reduce their refrigerant’s carbon footprint, in a broad range of end-use applications and climates, without compromising system performance,” says Diego Boeri, Global Business director, Chemours Fluorochemicals.
Johnson Controls takes a holistic approach to carbon emission reductions. While low-GWP refrigerants are important for the future, energy efficiency represents the greatest opportunity for true greenhouse gas emission reductions. Energy consumption represents as much as 95 percent of a chiller’s lifetime carbon emissions.