New Technology Extensions Meet Recent DOE Energy Reduction Mandates
ST. LOUIS, August 10, 2016 — Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a company of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has pursued major technology extensions to existing Copeland compressor and condensing unit platforms used in refrigeration systems servicing walk-in and reach-in applications in order to meet recent energy reduction standards mandated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
By 2017, the DOE is requiring between a 30 to 40 percent improvement in both reach-in and walk-in energy efficiency. To meet these requirements, one of many Emerson initiatives has been an expansion of its Copeland Scroll™ line to include smaller displacements and capacities that are applicable for walk-in applications, capitalizing on Scroll’s known efficiency benefits in this area.
Other developments currently underway to meet the DOE energy reduction standards include generational improvements. For medium-temperature, walk-in applications, Emerson has extended the Copeland Scroll ZB*KA platform by reducing the horsepower (hp) range to ¾ hp, which may also be suitable for large reach-in units.
For low-temperature, liquid injected scrolls, the horsepower has been reduced to a range of ¾ to 1 ½ hp to accommodate walk-in use. Additional efforts include a reduction in existing fractional hp compressors to less than ½ hp used in reach-ins and the development of new condensing units for the next generation of fractional hp compressors.
Emerson is also currently developing higher-efficiency reciprocating compressors and condensing units for reach-in and other styles of self-contained applications. These condensing units will be harnessing new and more efficient fractional horsepower compressors. The condensing units include many design improvements to create two times the energy efficiency while maintaining the same small or potentially even smaller footprint.
It’s important to note that the walk-in standard, condensing unit, unit cooler, panels and door performances are able to be self-tested and self-qualified. However, on the reach-in applications, the system efficiency is evaluated as a whole, including: insulation, walls, doors, compressor and fans.
Emerson is vested in rating all compressors and condensing units with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) alternative A1 SNAP listed refrigerants.
If you’re an original equipment manufacturer and have begun the process of evaluating and making system changes to qualify with the DOE or EPA mandates, Emerson can provide guidance on compressor technologies and even do a complete system evaluation through our Design Services Network to alleviate engineering load. To learn more, click here.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit EmersonClimate.com.