The Chemours Company (Chemours) has announced that Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems (MEHITS) has selected low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants Opteon XL41 (R-454B) and Opteon XP10(R-513A) for its chillers and heat pumps.
MEHITS, which is part of the Mitsubishi Electric Group, will use Opteon XL 41 for its multi- scroll platform and Opteon XP10 (R-513A) for its screw and centrifugal oil free platform, produced in Europe.
This is part of an environmental initiative to provide efficient, sustainable, and long-term solutions to the chiller market ahead of the next 2021 European F-gas cap phasedown, with implementation commencing this year.
MEHITS selected Opteon XL41 (R-454B), an A2L class refrigerant because it offers the lowest GWP replacement solution, at a GWP of only 466, for R-410A.
Opteon XL41 also reduces CO2 emissions by almost 80% when compared to R-410A, while providing improved energy efficiency, similar capacity, and excellent design compatibility.
When compared to other alternative candidates for large fixed speed units, chillers and heat pumps, the adoption of Opteon allows a smoother transition and the extensive operating envelope makes its use in heat pump applications simpler to manage.
Additionally, Opteon XP10 (R-513A) is a non-flammable A1 azeotropic refrigerant alternative to R-134a with a GWP of only 631, making it an ideal replacement for MEHITS at 50% less GWP when compared to R-134a.
Chemours Fluorochemicals vice president, Diego Boeri, said this collaboration will help the chiller and heat pump industry move towards more environmentally sustainable refrigerant solutions while meeting long-term regulatory requirements and delivering consistent performance.