Why you should use environmentally friendly refrigerants?
The chemical composition of hydrochlorofluorocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons, which makes them good candidates for refrigeration, is also their biggest disadvantage.
Unfortunately, it became obvious in the 1970s and 1980s that the chlorine in CFCs and HCFCs was causing serious damage to the ozone layer and contributing to global warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere.
Refrigerants are effective at cooling air within an HVAC system before it is dispersed throughout a home or business.
However, refrigerants can have a negative impact on the environment by emitting pollutants and contributing to the ozone layer’s depletion.
The least harmful to the environment are eco-friendly gases.
When compared to CO2 created by combusting conventional fuels, these gases produce 45 percent less CO2.
What are the benefits of eco-friendly gases?
There are many benefits of eco-friendly gases, some of which are listed as below :
- CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs are more difficult to recycle or dispose of after use in cooling systems.
- These gases are usually more efficient in terms of energy than F-gases.
- Almost all RAC (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) applications may benefit from environmentally friendly gases.
- The chemical industry has not copyrighted these refrigerants, and they are less expensive than HFCs.
- These gases are safe to handle and do not affect the environment.
- Other operations can also produce these gases as by-products.
- If adequate distribution systems can be built, it will be simpler to make them widely available.
Why you should not use other refrigerants?
Many refrigerants are harmful to the environment.
The refrigerants used in air conditioners and refrigerators may be quite hazardous to the environment?
Many refrigerants, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), deplete the ozone layer, while others are powerful warming gases.
One kilogramme of the refrigerant R410a emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as two tonnes of CO2, or the equivalent of driving your automobile for six months.
Due to malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment, or even when equipment is inappropriately disposed of, refrigerants hazardous gases escape into the atmosphere.
What are the global incentives to switch to environmentally friendly refrigerants?
The use of environmentally friendly refrigerants might be a viable solution to the problem of global warming.
When choosing new refrigerants, however, a thorough analysis is required.
Any material should be assessed in terms of its total environmental impact, energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and safety.
Hydrocarbon refrigerants have a higher thermodynamic efficiency, which allows refrigerators and freezers to recover temperatures faster, making it simpler to maintain critical constant temperatures.
Hydrocarbons are roughly twice as efficient as CFC refrigerants in cooling and can operate at significantly lower pressures than older chemical refrigerants.
Smaller compressors may run on less electricity because of these efficiencies.
When these traits are combined, they can result in a significant reduction in energy use.
Hydrocarbons, which are extracted together with oil and are commonly available, are a reasonably easy-to-find alternative to less-desirable chemical refrigerants.
In conclusion, we have discussed why you should use environmentally friendly refrigerants and what are the benefits of eco-friendly gases.
We also lightly touched upon why you should not use other refrigerants as well as what are the global incentive to switch to environmentally friendly refrigerants.
A graduate (Business) from KDU, Jason Tan, is the current Business Director (Sales) for MGS Icestorm and has been associated with the company for the past 10 years.
With over 13 years in the shipping industry, he has had a significant contribution to Malaysia’s oil and gas industry in the engine and boat supply sector.
His expertise includes managing offshore catering business, offshore reefer containers, AI technology, offshore gas tanks, A60 pressurized cabins, etc. His contributions have helped establish MGS, in partnership (joint venture) with Thermo King and Honeywell to produce state of art Offshore Reefer Container products.