JAPAN: Honeywell has launched its lower GWP R404A replacement refrigerant R448A in the Asia Pacific region.

Marketed as Solstice N40, Honeywell promotes R448A as a near drop-in replacement for R22 and R404A. R448A is a blend of R32, R125, R134a,  R1234yf and R1234ze(E). Its GWP is around 1300 and is classified A1 by ASHRAE – non-toxic and non-flammable.

Honeywell reports that Solstice N40 has already been installed in more than 2,000 freezing and refrigerating systems worldwide, and leading freezers and refrigeration equipment manufacturers in Europe, the US, Japan and Asia Pacific have compatible equipment.

“In addition to Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia, we will also respond to the needs of our customers by setting up a product supply structure in New Zealand,” said David K Chen, Honeywell’s Asia Pacific marketing manager for fluorochemicals.

In a demonstration test conducted at a supermarket shop in the US and Europe including climatic conditions similar to those in various places in Japan, Solstice N40 improves energy consumption by up to 16% compared with the conventional refrigerant R404A.

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