Due to the phasing out of R22, the introduction of a Carbon Tax, and increasing legislation relating to the use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), has resulted in a movement towards natural fluids for industrial refrigeration systems.
Synthetic refrigerants have long been identified for their ozone depletion potential and global warming potential. The internationally agreed Montreal Protocol (1996) established a schedule for the phase out of these substances. The more harmful CFC’s, including R11 and R12, are now virtually phased out and refrigerant stockpiles are nearly exhausted. HCFC’s, the most prevalent of which is R22, are likely to be effectively phased out in Australia by 2016.
Alternatives to synthetic fluorocarbon refrigerants exist that can help to mitigate some of the environmental risks. Referred to as ‘natural’ refrigerants because the substances also occur in nature, these alternatives include ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons.
These substances have been used as refrigerants for many years, however, they are now finding their way into applications where previously fluorocarbons were the preferred option.
The Natural Refrigerants Company has developed special expertise on natural refrigerants, and provides a range of solutions using CO2, ammonia or hydro-carbons, which combine energy efficient cooling with quality construction.
The Natural Refrigerants Company’s driving force is to achieve the lowest operational cost for green refrigeration on the Australian market.
We provide cooling solutions for, among others, supermarkets, refrigeration and freezing facilities, the food processing industry, chemical industry as well as air conditioning for office/school buildings using natural refrigerants.
For further information on new installations or converting your current installation, please contact us.