An alternative to standard refrigeration technology that currently caters to Japanese restaurants is making its way to North America, and it could have a significant impact on the environment.
A collaborative effort between CIMCO Refrigeration Inc., Souther California Edison (SCE) and Mayekawa aims to develop, build, install and research natural alternatives to chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants. The team recently installed a novel, high-efficiency industrial refrigeration system at a food manufacturing facility in Irvine, Calif. that manufactures desserts for Japanese restaurants.
The system is expected to provide a 20 to 50 percent energy savings and lessen environmental impacts, according to researchers.
Deemed the NewTon refrigeration system, this technology uses ammonia and CO2 to achieve a higher level of efficiency and energy savings than standard refrigeration systems currently on the market. This is due mainly to the fact that CO2 and ammonia are natural refrigerants.
Mayekawa plans to monitor the refrigeration system in real time, while SCE wil gather and analyze the performance data on both the NewTon and existing refrigeration system already being used at the facility.
The results of this monitoring could pave the way for groundbreaking trends in refrigeration, not just in industrial environments but residential as well.
Green technology is consistently rising as an issue of utmost importance for builders and homeowners alike, and the refrigerator is something that can be found in essentially every household in America.
“Reducing the carbon footprint and decreasing overall energy consumption is of significant value to commercial and industrial consumers and to the surrounding electric grid, especially during times of peak demand and warm, summer days,” says Jose Mergulhao, CIMCO vice president of US Operations, who oversaw the installation, which was completed in late June.
The team expects to complete its research on the novel refrigeration system by the end of 2016 and will issue its first update in early 2017. If the current data promises anything, it’s a refrigeration revolution on the horizon.
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