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Americas: Johnson Controls advances sustainability with chiller platforms

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Johnson Controls is advancing its White House Council on Environmental Quality commitment by enhancing hydro-fluorocarbon or HFC product lines to be fully compatible with the non-flammable, low-GWP refrigerant – Opteon XP10 (R-513A) manufactured by The Chemours Company.

York centrifugal and screw chillers ranging from 125 to 6,000 tons (440 to 21,100 kW) are compatible with R-513A.

“Just as we addressed ozone depletion years ago, specifically with regard to CFCs [chlorofluorocarbons] and HCFCs [hydrochlorofluorocarbons], we discontinued the use of R-123-based products to avoid potential obsolescence of equipment in the later stages of equipment lifetime,” said Laura Wand, VP, building efficiency global chiller business, Johnson Controls.

Chemours’ Opteon XP10 (R-513A) is a non-flammable (A1) azeotropic alternative to R-134a, providing 56% lower global warming potential (GWP) and comparable performance.

XP10 was commercialized as a part of a broad portfolio of Opteon refrigerants, which represent a breakthrough line of low-GWP solutions developed to help meet the current and proposed HFC regulations while maintaining or improving performance compared to incumbent products.

“As the HVACR [heating ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration] industry faces increasing pressure to shrink its growing environmental footprint, Opteon XP10 provides equipment owners with a hydrofluoroolefin-based, low-GWP and non-flammable solution to reduce their refrigerant’s carbon footprint, in a broad range of end-use applications and climates, without compromising system performance,” said Diego Boeri, global business director, Chemours Fluorochemicals.

While low-GWP refrigerants are important for the future, energy efficiency represents the greatest opportunity for true greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Energy consumption represents as much as 95% of a chiller’s lifetime carbon emissions.