Hussmann, a Panasonic company, is ramping up the production of transcritical carbon dioxide (CO2) rack systems at its facility in the United States.
The rapid adoption of CO2 technology by many retailers has placed a strain on Hussmann’s ability to meet rising demand.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, upcoming regulations and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase downs are rapidly accelerating the demand for transcritical CO2 systems throughout the industry, according to Hussmann.
In preparation for the January 2025 implementation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on new store construction and the use of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, Hussmann is expecting demand for these rack systems to increase.
The focus will be on ramping up Hussmann’s large outdoor transcritical rack platform, part of the Evolve Technologies portfolio, which is designed to serve large and medium-sized retail floorplans.
This unit’s footprint is optimized to consider loading limitations in areas where snow is common and is flexible enough to accommodate various internal configurations.
Transcritical CO2 rack systems are ideally suited for new construction projects where there is no existing refrigeration infrastructure.
Refrigerated display cases, unit coolers and piping from existing synthetic systems are not suitable for use in a CO2 application.