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PANASONIC UNVEILS CO 2 TRANSCRITICAL RACK Panasonic chose China Refrigeration 2018 as the stage on which to unveil its first CO 2 transcritical rack, broadening its offer in an increasingly competitive global market for larger capacity CO 2 -based HVAC&R systems. The rack, on display at the show, was assembled in Europe and designed by Panasonic Appliances Refrigeration System (Dalian) Co., Ltd. (PAPRSDL). It has already been sold to a domestic Chinese retailer and will be installed in a Beijing supermarket shortly, Li Li Du – PAPRSDL’s overseas sales director – told Accelerate Europe at the Bingshan Group’s China Refrigeration booth (where the rack was being exhibited). PAPRSDL, a joint venture between Japan’s Panasonic Corporation and China’s Bingshan Group – one of the country’s largest manufacturers of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment – was established in July 2016. Du expects PAPRSDL to install more such systems in China in the coming years. “We plan to sell more CO 2 transcritical racks, to more customers,” Du said, citing cold storage operators as potential clients alongside retailers. The company is targeting customers elsewhere in Asia too, she added.
would be crucially impor tant in triggering their wider uptake in China. “ W i t h o u t p r o p e r t r a i n i n g fo r contractors, the future may still prove challenging,” Pisano said. “But Panasonic definitely have the expertise to grow into this field here in China,” he added.
EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS TRIGGERING NATREF INTEREST Compressor manufacturer Nidec won a prestigious ‘Innovation Product’ award for a newly launched variable-speed compressor operating with natural refrigerant propane (R290). The NLV12.6CN dual frequency (50/6 0 Hz) variable -speed compressor was on display at Nidec Compressors ( Tianjin) Co., Ltd.’s China Refrigeration booth. “The advantage for the customer is that they don’t need to buy more products. They can use the same product to cover different cooling capacities,” Lily Li, senior director of global business development and marketing at Nidec, told Accelerate Europe. Li cited low noise and vibration levels, better temperature control, and reduced inventory costs among the
benefits of the new compressor model. Its dual frequency allows it to be used in different regions and different applications. A crucial feature of the Innovation Award - winning solution is the controller, which serves the system as well as the compressor itself. “The controller gives you a choice,” said Li. Compatible with different world regions, it can programme the compression cycle and provide operating data. In China, new government regulations on energy efficiency are triggering increased interest in Nidec’s natural refrigerant portfolio, said Li. She cited full compliance with these regulations among the benefits of the new model. To help inform the HVAC&R market of the benefits of adopting natural refrigerant-based solutions, Nidec Compressors (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. has been organising a roadshow in China for the last three years, with another to come this year. “This is really helping us to open up the market and raise awareness of propane, particularly variable speed,” said Li. “The roadshows help us inform the customer that propane is not dangerous, and offers many benefits.”
Eliwell provided the system controls for the rack on display in Beijing, and Dorin supplied the compressors.
TACKLING THE TRAINING CHALLENGE Du identified availability of system components, training and maintenance among the biggest challenges facing the Chinese market as it moves towards wider adoption of natural refrigerant technology. “We’ll provide complete training and maintenance for the customer,” she said. Giacomo Pisano, technical sales manager at the system’s compressor provider Dorin, said improving training on natural refrigerants among local contractors and maintenance staff
Nidec’s variable-speed propane compressor won an Innovation Product award. Summer 2018 // Accelerate Europe
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