Panasonic-Smart-Multi

JAPAN: Panasonic has debuted Japan’s first hybrid air conditioner, integrating gas and electric air conditioning systems into one refrigerant system.

The Smart Multi industrial air conditioning system was featured on the company’s stand at last week’s HVAC&R Japan 2016 in Tokyo.

Little has yet been revealed about the unit, which was codeveloped by Panasonic with three energy supply companies – Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas and Toho Gas.

It is said to be the first air conditioning system developed in Japan that has combined the gas heat pump and the electric heat pump into one single refrigerant system.

The hybrid system is designed to help reduce energy costs by remotely switching between GHP and EHP depending on the air conditioning load, output demand, and energy prices.