US compressor manufacturer embraces hydrocarbons

By Sabine Lobnig, May 05, 2011, 09:35 1 minute reading

The US-based global manufacturer of compressors and other HVAC systems Tecumseh just announced that they would move globally to the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants. With its newly launched “Green Technology” initiative, the company clearly focuses on developing compressors utilising the hydrocarbon refrigerants propane and isobutane.

In order to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emission, the Tecumseh Products Company has just issued its commitment to hydrocarbon refrigerants. Tecumseh’s “Green Technology” initiative dedicates resources to develop, manufacture and market compressors and condensing units that are optimised for use with hydrocarbons.

Based on over 10 years of experience in manufacturing hydrocarbon compressors, the company has already over 150 models within its eco-friendly family. In addition, they launched an all-new compressor for commercial refrigeration earlier this year that is optimised for use with both R290 (propane) and R600a (isobutane).

Hydrocarbon testing and simulation facility

As the next step, a new Tecumseh Technology Center will be opened at its Head Quarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan later this year.With the intention to also develop new natural refrigerant solutions, the center will have complete hydrocarbon testing capability and enhanced environmental simulation facilities.

Hydrocarbons in the US

End users and retailers have limited themselves to trials when it comes to the use of hydrocarbons in the US, as for applications other than industrial process refrigeration their use is not yet authorised under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) programme. However, a proposal that would authorise hydrocarbons for use in commercial and residential refrigeration applications under SNAP was issued in May 2010, with the final rule expected later this year.


By Sabine Lobnig

May 05, 2011, 09:35

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