ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tecumseh Products Co. announced that it worked closely with Hussmann Corp. to launch the first United States-based grocery store using propane (R-290) refrigerant. The newly opened Austin, Texas supermarket built by H-E-B Grocery uses self-contained refrigerated display cases throughout the store in order to comply with the lower charge requirements of hydrocarbon refrigerant R-290. A majority of the display cases and walk-in coolers utilize Tecumseh condensing units, over 40 percent of which are equipped with the company’s new AE2 series high-efficiency compressor.
Tecumseh said it leveraged over 10 years of hydrocarbon application and compressor knowledge in developing the R-290 condensing units. The units are designed to deliver high efficiency and reliability while complying with the stringent safety approvals required for hydrocarbon refrigerants. Extra precaution was taken to minimize potential refrigerant leak points yet still allow for ease of serviceability. The reduced sound level of the AE2 compressor is another benefit, especially when considering the use of self-contained display cases.