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Margarine, Beer and Ice Makers Are Adopting CO2 in Japan OEM Nihon Netsugen Systems spoke about these transcritical industrial projects at FOOMA Japan 2019

— By Devin Yoshimoto, Rena Okabe, Tomoro Sato

We are really starting to see a wide range of applications for transcritical CO2 systems in Japan now. ― Katsuhiko Harada, Nihon Netsugen Systems

Accelerate Magazine // September 2019

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hile transc ritical C O 2 systems are seeing growing penetration in the cold-storage industry in Japan, other sectors such as beer brewing, margarine production, and ice making are also beginning to adopt CO 2 systems, according to Japanese OEM Nihon Netsugen Systems.

“We are really starting to see a wide range of applications for transcritical CO 2 systems in Japan now,” said Katsuhiko Harada, president of Nihon Netsugen Systems during the FOOMA Japan 2019 exhibition, which was held in Tokyo from July 9-12. FOOMA Japan (short for the International Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition) is one of Asia’s largest exhibitions for food machinery and food processing technologies. Nihon Netsugen Systems, based in Tokyo, manufactures its own line of transcritical CO 2 refrigeration units named "CO 2 Booster Super Green" systems at its factory in Shiga, Osaka. This year, the company jointly exhibited its "F-type CO 2 Booster Super Green" freezing system at FOOMA Japan with Japanese OEMs Fukushima Industries Corporation and Takahashi Manufacturing, which make food-processing equipment such as tunnel freezers and blast chillers.

Harada said that he has several ongoing projects with companies such as Asahi Breweries, which makes one of Japan’s most well-known lagers, along with margarine production facilities and packaged ice manufacturers. “In Japan, the rock-ice industry is very important for convenience stores,” said Harada. “If you buy an iced coffee for example, the cup and ice are already prepared. This and other rock-ice products are an important industry and it is here where we have a new CO 2 project.” “These companies used to use freon or ammonia,” Harada added, “but now they are switching to CO 2 .” Overall, Nihon Netsugen Systems is experiencing steady annual adoption of its CO 2 systems. In February, during ATMOsphere Japan 2019, Harada announced that the company had so far installed over 120 of its CO 2 Booster Super Green"systems throughout Japan since production began in December 2017. Over the next year, the company expects to install 60 more units, Harada said during the FOOMA exhibition. DY, RO & TS

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