In a sign of the increasing popularity of small format CO2-based refrigeration systems in Europe, Panasonic has sold about 200 units to date of its 2HP CO2 outdoor condensing unit in Europe since its launch in the summer of last year.
The firm expects these sales to double in Europe this coming year. In addition, Panasonic will be officially launching its 10HP CO2 outdoor condensing unit in Europe this summer. The 10HP unit has a cooling capacity of 15 kW at an evaporating temperature of -5°C.
The current main market for the firm's CO2 systems are in Europe as well as in Japan, Australia and China.
The overseas sales manager in Panasonic's refrigeration system sales department also told us that:
1\For the 2HP CO2 outdoor condensing unit, we have been receiving so many inquiries – mainly for freezers or refrigerators that are required to be added on to existing stores.
This summer we will be officially launching the 10HP unit and we have been receiving many inquiries for it already as well. However, for the initial year, we need to be careful with the installations since the 10HP unit is connected to multiple evaporators, which is different from the 2HP units.
2\HFC prices, especially R404A, became seven times higher in 2017. Because of it, users are aware that they cannot use HFCs in the near future. No doubt, this means that we have a bigger chance to introduce CO2systems.
3\The initial cost of a CO2 installation is still higher than HFC-based systems. End users who prioritise the initial investment rather than running costs will not choose CO2.
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