CHANNAHON, ILLINOIS: Diversified CPC International (DCPC) is an industry leader in the design, production, and distribution of high purity hydrocarbon refrigerants for use in a variety of applications, including commercial refrigeration, air conditioning, process chilling, and heat extraction. Through the company’s focus on the “Power of Purity,” DCPC is committed to staying at the forefront of ever-changing technologies and market demand in order to provide their customers’ best-in-industry products that are environmentally safe.
“The growing domestic and international emphasis on climate change mitigation requires a new generation of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) and zero Ozone Depletion Potential (OPD) refrigerants,” said DCPC President and CEO, Bill Auriemma. “Equipment manufacturers need trustworthy suppliers that can deliver a consistently reliable product. DCPC’s high purity hydrocarbon natural refrigerants, such as R290 (refrigerant grade propane), are 99.5% to 99.8+% pure, which provides for a more stable product than other hydrocarbon refrigerants available on the market.”
For example, California, the country’s most populous state, is working on a strategy to reduce HFC emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by the year 2030 in order to comply with EPA requirements. One component of the plan includes providing grants for supermarkets to install new low GWP/ODP refrigerated cabinet technology and retrofit existing technology where possible. One company in the forefront of this transition is Hoshizaki America, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of a wide range of products for the foodservice industry. In fact, the company recently transitioned their entire Steelheart Commercial Kitchen Refrigeration Series to environmentally friendly, non-toxic, cost-efficient R290 refrigerants.
“Protecting the environment has never been more important than it is right now,” said Sally Ray, Hoshizaki director of marketing. “The R290 refrigerant supplied by DCPC enables us to produce an efficient, low GWP product and provides a smaller carbon footprint. Hoshizaki America is dedicated to energy efficiency in every aspect of our business and is very proud to be named the 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year, our eighth such award.”
Retrofitting the company’s manufacturing facility in Bullock, Georgia, to accommodate R290 was a planned undertaking for Hoshizaki. To support their transition, DCPC installed a 2,000-gallon bulk storage tank and assisted in the training of Hoshizaki technicians in the proper procedures for safely handling the product. “We decided to focus on R290 more than any other type of refrigerant because we think that it will be the dominant future option for this industry,” Ray said.
The R290 is produced at DCPC’s state-of-the-art hydrocarbon purification plant in Channahon, Illinois. To meet growing customer demand, DCPC has invested in a facility, under construction in Beaumont, Texas. Along with R290, DCPC produces and distributes R600a (refrigerant grade isobutane), R600 (refrigerant grade normal butane), and R1270 (refrigerant grade propylene). In addition to meeting or exceeding AHRI industry standards, DCPC’s high-purity products keep refrigeration and air conditioning systems running at peak efficiency for longer periods of time. The result is lower utility bills and a reduction in costly maintenance and equipment failures while increasing the overall lifespan of the appliance.
“One of the critical ways DCPC has served our customers and gained the public trust is with continuous innovation that helps manufacturers better achieve their goals in producing safe and reliable customer products. As we plan for the future, we remain committed to providing best-in-class products that are high in purity, chemically stable, and protect the environment. This includes ensuring that all our products and operations meet or exceed applicable federal, state, and local regulations,” Auriemma concluded.