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Propane is also making greater inroads into the chiller market. To keep up with this demand Frascold, an Italian manufacturer, launched two new propane compressors at MCE. The company is not just conscious of the ramifications of the EU F-Gas Regulation but is also tr ying to keep up with EU-wide energy efficiency regulations governing chillers, said L ivio C alab rese , from the sales and development side of Frascold’s business. C hin ese ma nu fac tu re r Fuijia n Snowman (Snowkey) also intro duced new propane-based products for chillers. “There is big demand for these products [in Europe],” said Yury Chelnintstev of Fuijian Snowman. “That’s why we have new [propane] products here for Mostra.” For more on how the market for propane chillers is developing, check out the Technology Focus in the previous edition of Accelerate Europe.
Heating the office Italian HVAC company Roccheggiani also launched a new propane heat pump capable of heating and cooling offices.
ABOVE RIGHT Roccheggiani’s new propane heat pump system.
The firm is targeting space heating and cooling for offices, hospitals and standard commercial applications with this technology. “We have been developing this series [for] three years,” Stefano Biondini, HVAC project and sales manager at Roccheggiani, told Accelerate Europe. “Now we're ready to manufacture and sell in the market.” The 100 kW unit, containing 2.5 kg of propane in each of its two refrigerant circuits, is the first in a series of similar units the HVAC equipment manufacturer is hoping to introduce to the market. The company plans to market the 100 kW model this year before rolling out similar units in higher capacities.
“The complete series will use propane as a refrigerant in the future […] up to 300 kW,” Biondini said. The company is confident it will have strong success with this product. “For this year we forecast 30 [100 kW] units. Next year I hope to see 100,” Biondini said. Italian firm Blauwer, which debuted its high - te mpe rature C O 2 heat pump for heating and cooling at the previous edition of the show, has seen confidence grow in the market since 2016. “The heat pump is mainly used in process cooling applications like cooling plastics and the car industry, where you need to increase or decrease the temperature quickly,” said Vittorio Pozza, managing director, Blauwer. “CO 2 is perfect to do this.” For the heat pump, the return of investment (ROI) is also quite high at less than a year-and-a-half, according to Pozza.
Accelerate Europe // Summer 2018
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