Sustainable heat pumps project: Ferroli is taking part into the “LC150 project” for the development of the next generation of ecological refrigerants.
Research and development on innovative refrigerants for heat pumps does not stop: the race for decarbonization is in full swing throughout Europe, but it must also cope with sustainability.
In this respect, it looks very promising the new applied research project "LC150-Development of a Refrigerant-reduced Heat Pump Module with Propane" which is coordinated by the prestigious German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, which has always been at the forefront of applied research on materials and renewable energy systems. The project is funded at 75% by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and it is backed by a European industrial consortium. Ferroli is supporting this research platform which is promising considerable cost reduction potential and will accelerate the industrial development of new generation of heat pumps for residential buildings.
The use of a natural refrigerant in heat pumps has many advantages:
- the wide availability
- the excellent thermodynamic properties, which allow for a much better efficiency compared to conventional heat pumps.
- the global warming potential GWP of 3 for Propane is 500 times lower than the GWP of the fluorinated refrigerants most commonly used today.
By this way, Ferroli not only puts itself at the forefront of the new forthcoming F-GAS Regulation, which would prelude to a new ban of high GWP fluorinated gases, but also takes a consistent step towards future and far more stringent requirements on refrigerants, which might change even more severely the rules of the game in the market.