Trane debuts R410A replacement

A Trane air-cooled chiller employing a new low-GWP refrigerant replacement for R410A is to be presented at the IIR conference in Yokohama.

The Trane AquaTrine demonstration chiller is using DR-55, a Chemours development refrigerant that it will market as Opteon XL55. An A2L, “mildly flammable”, HFO-blend, DR-55 is currently being evaluated for use in unitary and residential equipment.

The AquaTrine is said to be designed for up-market apartments, luxury villas, office buildings, small restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

“We expect high performance HVAC systems to be available with next generation refrigerants like DR-55 within the next 12-18 months pending regulatory approval,” said Randal Newton, vice president of enterprise engineering for Ingersoll Rand. “This demonstration project is one way that Ingersoll Rand is delivering on our environmental commitment to identify, test and introduce technologies that are safe, increase efficiency and reduce climate impact.”

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