Advantage of R290 and R32 in battle for India

Air conditioning manufacturers using alternative refrigerants like propane and R32 will have a marked competitive edge in India, according to a new report.

While India is still seen to be dragging its feet over supporting global HFC phase-downs through the Montreal Protocol, the use of alternative climate-friendly low GWP refrigerants are rapidly expanding in the Indian market.

Rising prosperity and the expansion of the electrical grid is resulting in an exponential increase in use of room air conditioning in India. Air conditioning use is already the largest component of overall residential power consumption and the largest peak demand use of electricity in many Indian cities. The current relatively low penetration of around 4,000,000 room air conditioners in India is expected to increase at a rate of about 15% per year. By 2030, it is estimated that air conditioning use will add 80-145GWh to India’s peak electricity demand.

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