Carrier-Transicold-VectorUK: Carrier Transicold is the latest major transport refrigeration company to offer R452A as an optional alternative to R404A.

At this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, Carrier Transicold said that while it was actively working towards replacing current HFC refrigerants with CO2, it is to offer R452A as a lower GWP option to the existing R404A refrigerant. R452A, its says, offers the same cooling capacity, fuel efficiency, reliability and refrigerant charge as R404A, coupled with a 45% GWP reduction.

In September last year Thermo King was the first to announce the adoption of the new refrigerant as a lower GWP option for its transport refrigeration customers. Developed and marketed by DuPont, R452A is considered particularly suitable for transport refrigeration where compressor cooling is difficult to manage under a wide range of ambient conditions. It is also suitable for retrofitting existing R404A systems.

Carrier says it will introduce R452A over the second and third quarters of 2015 as an option across its Vector trailer refrigeration and Supra truck refrigeration product ranges. Customers will also have the option to convert existing units to operate on R452A.

Carrier Transicold UK is using the Commercial Vehicle Show, which runs until Thursday at the NEC, to provide advice to temperature controlled vehicle operators on the new F-gas regulations.

The revisions to the F-gas regulations, which went into effect on 1 January 2015, now impact the use and maintenance of transport refrigeration equipment on vehicles plated above 3.5 tonnes, including trailers.

“These new regulations represent some of the biggest changes affecting our industry over the past decade,” said Andy Wainwright, service director, Carrier Transicold UK. “Our in-house team of experts will be at our stand to answer any questions customers may have and to help them identify the steps they can take to ensure compliance.”

Carrier Transicold UK can also directly support customers in meeting the F-gas legislation through its newly launched everCOLD flexible maintenance package, which includes all required maintenance and system leak checks performed by F-gas certified engineers.

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