Hoshizaki has switched to R290 for their new Steelheart Commercial Kitchen Refrigeration Series, resulting in continued energy savings and CO2 reduction.
The manufacturer believes this reaffirms its commitment to sustainability at no added cost to the dealer or the consumer. R290 is one of the most environmentally friendly refrigerant gases, with a very low Global Warming Potential (GWP). Given its less aggressive properties compared to traditional refrigerants, it can also improve the overall life of the operating components within the unit.
The move to R290 coincides with the wider global phaseout of high-GWP refrigerants, which will ultimately make the likes of R134A ineligible for use within the U.S. in years to come.
“Protecting the environment has never been more important than it is right now,” said Sally Ray, Sr. Director of Marketing and Project Management, Hoshizaki America, Inc. “R290 refrigerant supplied by Diversified CPC enables us to produce an efficient, low-GWP product, which helps us have 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.”
Retrofitting the Facility
Retrofitting the company’s manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia, to accommodate R290 was a huge 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.