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The KFC Restaurant in Seven Hills, west of Sydney, has installed an air conditioning system using hydrocarbons.

As part of the installation, KFC used two FRASCOLD reciprocating compressors of 15 kw, and the hydrocarbons mixture is mainly composed of propane (R290).

In a case study published on its web site, Frascold said R290 has a long list of advantages over other refrigerants including excellent thermodynamic performance, low operating pressure, low refrigerant cost and a low GWP.

“Propane R290 is a refrigerant that has been used for more than 10 years in industrial systems,” the company said.

Thanks to its excellent thermodynamic characteristics, Frascold said it is beginning to receive greater recognition.

“In the small hermetic systems R290 refrigerant represents a valid alternative to the use of other refrigerants with a high GWP,” Frascold said.

“The only care that must be taken with the use of this refrigerant is related to its flammability.

“We have built the widest range of propane compressors in the world, from the smallest semi-hermetic piston (4 m3/h) series to the largest semi-hermetic screw (1.085 m3/h).

“Thanks to continuous tests and in collaboration with important partners, performance increased and the best components have been chosen to guarantee maximum efficiency and reliability.”

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