Panasonic UK has announced it will be working with specialist refrigeration company Green Cooling to distribute its range of natural CO2 condensing refrigeration units to the UK market.

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The range has been specifically developed for small to medium capacity applications within the retail and food service sectors, such as small supermarkets, convenience stores and garage forecourts.The Panasonic CO2 condensing units come in two sizes at 4kW and 15kW (both at -10oC evaporating temperature), and are “compact, lightweight and have very low noise levels.”

The units have been previously installed in Japan, where the company claims they have “demonstrated reliable and efficient performance.”

Garry Broadbent, commercial director of Green Cooling, said: “CO2 is a highly efficient, safe and natural form of refrigeration technology and this Panasonic CO2 condensing range is able to deliver on both cost and carbon savings.

“Based on Panasonic monitored data, 16% energy savings for chilled refrigeration and 25% energy savings for lower temperature freezer applications have been achieved in comparison to R404A.

“Flexibility of installation and reliability are the key to success. In the retail and food service sectors, a very high standard of equipment is required to deliver reliable performance. The Panasonic range achieves this with a focus on efficiency, low noise and reliability”.

Neil Bilton, head of key accounts at Panasonic UK, said: “The new Panasonic CO2 condensing units use a natural refrigerant that has a GWP (Global Warming Potential) equal to one, as opposed to the current refrigerant typically used such as R404A having a GWP equal to 3,800.

“With refrigeration legislation increasing over the coming years, HFC R404A will be out of circulation by 2020. Given the above, and to minimise future risk to businesses, CO2 seems to be the best way to go for refrigeration needs.”

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