EUROPE: Panasonic has announced the launch of its new R32 Mini VRF ECOi LZ Series in five new outdoor units of 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10hp.
As previewed in the Cooling Post in March, the extended operating range allows for heating down to -20°C and cooling up to 52°C. The entire range has an increased capacity ratio of 150%, compared to Panasonic’s existing Mini VRF of 130%.
To allow the installation of R32 units in small rooms, Panasonic is providing mitigation measures by applying R32 leak detectors and incorporated circulation air flow. The new adaptive ducted units come with built-in leak detectors, while other units may be equipped with an optional external leak detector when required.
All units have a footprint of 980mm wide x 370mm deep, the single-fan units being 996mm high and weighing 94kg, the twin-fan models being 1500mm high and weighing 126kg.
A wide choice of ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted units are available, as well as adaptive duct type units for vertical or horizontal installations, providing capacities from 1.5 kW to 16kW. Many of these incorporate Panasonic’s nanoe X air purification technology.
These new R32 Mini VRF Indoor units can also take advantage of both standard wired control or connection to Panasonic’s CONEX via Bluetooth, utilising the H&C Control App. The new systems (both indoor and outdoor) are also fully compatible with all existing PACi and ECOi control devices.
The latest range retains many of the features that made it a success, including indoor off-coil temperature sensor and Panasonic’s inverter compressors.