Daikin expands use of green cooling agent with new AC units

Global HVAC and refrigeration products major Daikin Industries is expanding the use of its eco-friendly R-32 refrigerant in the Middle East and Africa region with new split air-conditioner models.

The Japanese heavyweight, which introduced the R-32 refrigerant in the GCC three years ago to replace the R-22, said in a statement that it has now introduced its new FTKM/FTXM series of split AC units with inverter technology designed to work with the new refrigerant. The R-32 is an alternative refrigerant to the R-22, with zero ozone depletion potential and lower global warming impact.

The new series of AC units offers end-users the opportunity to benefit from class-leading energy efficiencies, with excellent cooling capacity and high indoor climate comfort, while lowering the environmental impact, Daikin added.

“Daikin is renowned for its pioneering approach to product development, with more than 90 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of air conditioning technologies. As part of its serious commitment towards the environment, Daikin aims at developing systems that improve comfort levels while having lower environmental impact. Refrigerant choice is a key factor in the drive to maximise energy efficiency and to minimise the global warming impact of systems,” said Michel Farah, director of Corporate Environment & Social Responsibility.

According to Daikin, its new Inverter Split Wall-Mounted models lead the way in achieving up to 70% energy reductions with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 13.3 at T1 condition compared to the traditional split AC. These energy-efficient features make it the most energy efficient air conditioner of its type available in the GCC market, and the best solution for retrofit projects and ESCO companies, the company claims.

The product has received multiple awards for superior environmental performance, including Product of the Year – Energy Management, at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards and Best HVAC Innovation at the RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards 2018.

The R-32 refrigerant is the result of continued research and is a next generation gas that addresses a range of environmental considerations, says Daikin. It allows the company’s Inverter AC to maximise energy efficiency while minimising global warming impact with zero ozone depletion potential and up to 80% less CO2 emission than previous refrigerants.

Daikin MEA VP, Tuna Gulenc, added: “As part of our environmental commitment to society, we believe it is the manufacturer’s duty to advise the market and develop sustainable solutions that have practical applications in reducing energy consumption and CO₂ emissions. People in Japan, Europe, China, Australia and other countries, already enjoy the benefits of inverter technology and here at Daikin MEA, we believe the Middle East will soon follow. The use of inverter technology in HVAC units helps each citizen to contribute to the regional efforts to reduce environmental impact.”

Daikin said it has given free global access to 93 of its patents to encourage the development and commercialisation of air-conditioning, cooling and heat pump equipment that use HFC-32. This action is aimed to encourage manufacturers worldwide to adopt sustainable comfort cooling and heating technologies that use the next-generation HFC-32 refrigerant with a lower global warming impact than commonly-used refrigerants.

The global market demand for R-32 room air-conditioners has reached 27 million units with Daikin’s share exceeding 10 million units since 2012 in more than 50 countries, said the company. This has contributed to 47 million tons of carbon emission reductions.


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