The refrigeration innovation of the year award was won by Orbia's Koura business.
Koura Klea® 473A was named the winner of the innovation category at the awards ceremony last night.
In ultra-low temperature cooling applications such as high value cold chain, vaccine storage, climate, Klea 473A is designed as a non-flammable refrigerant to achieve high performance with a significantly lower global warming potential. This is a non-flammable alternative to R-23 and R-508B that has a combination of high capacity and energy efficiency.
Ultra-low temperature systems with existing non-flammable refrigerants have GWPs of 14,800 and 1, making them unsuitable for use in such systems. This trade-off is broken with energy efficiency comparable to R-23, capacity similar to R-508B, and a GWP of 1,830, which is a + 85% reduction.
A reduction in GWP inventory per system is possible if the charge sizes are reduced. Customer trials show that existing system designs can easily adapt to this new refrigerant with little to no modification.
Klea R-473A is not the only non-flammable alternative that can be used in low temperature cascade systems, but it has a number of advantages over other alternatives. It is possible to operate climate chamber systems where the chamber temperature is as low as -75C.
Smith is the President of Orbia fluorinated solutions.
Klea 473A was named the refrigeration innovation of the year at the cooling industry awards. The hard work of all our teams is acknowledged by this award. Koura provides customers with new solutions and low GWP refrigerants to transform into a cleaner future.
"This product will offer an easy adaptation option for system designers working in the very low temperature application areas who wish to reduce their usage of ultra-high GWP refrigerants and who are considering larger system designs where non-flammability is an essential requirement of the refrigerant."
Koura can be found at www.kouraglobal.com.
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