Trane Expands Centrifugal Chiller Line, Offers Low-GWP Refrigerants
Company says new refrigerant and service offerings deliver efficiency and reliability
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced it is expanding its CenTraVac™ centrifugal chiller portfolio for large buildings and industrial applications in the United States and Canada.
In 2017, Trane will offer small tonnage CenTraVac chillers for markets such as office and municipal buildings with a choice of current, high-efficiency refrigerant R-123 or the next-generation R-514A. R-514A is a low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant from Chemours (Opteon™ XP30). Starting now, Trane offers large tonnage CenTraVac chillers for applications such as industrial buildings, data centers, and higher education facilities with the low-GWP refrigerant R-1233zd (Honeywell Solstice® zd).
Trane CenTraVac chillers are part of the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ portfolio of products that are designed to reduce environmental impact with next-generation, low-GWP refrigerants and high efficiency operation.
“We are pleased to bring our customers new choices for achieving their building, business, and sustainability goals without compromising safety, performance, or efficiency,” said Dave Regnery, president of Ingersoll Rand’s Commercial HVAC business for North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We paired our technical and applications expertise with new refrigerant and service offerings to deliver efficiency and reliability that customers expect.”
To provide customers maximum flexibility, Trane will offer a service option that requires minimal rework to convert existing CenTraVac chillers with R-123 to R-514A. It will also extend its availability and price guarantee on R-123 for customers purchasing a CenTraVac chiller using the refrigerant.
Vijay Deshmukh, centrifugal chiller portfolio leader for Trane, said many companies have sustainability goals and that is helping drive demand for new refrigerant options such as those now being offered on the CenTraVac chillers.
“Trane now has multiple options for customers to consider,” Deshmukh told The NEWS. “Whether it’s replacement chiller situations or new construction applications, we have more flexibility and choices available.”
Deshmukh said the new refrigerant offerings in the CenTraVac chillers mark an exciting milestone for Trane.
“Not only are we able to offer products that meet our customer’s requirements as far as performance and efficiency, we can balance that with their safety and sustainability requirements,” he said. “And it’s also exciting because it helps us take a big step forward in meeting the overall corporate sustainability commitment of our parent company, Ingersoll Rand.”
Ingersoll Rand’s climate commitment includes these goals:
• Cut the refrigerant greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower GWP alternatives across its portfolio by 2030.
• Invest $500 million in product-related research and development by 2020 to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions.
• Reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2020.
From a contractor’s perspective, Keith McCain, project manager, Streets L.L.C., a Trane Applied Systems Contractor and a Trane Strategic Partner in Oklahoma City, told The NEWS that the company has always had success with Trane centrifugal chillers, and this expansion of the chiller line makes Trane even more competitive.
“The Trane chiller line has one attribute very valuable to a contractor: reliability,” McCain said. “Simply put, the fewer callbacks the less money we dedicate to warranty, and that means more money to the bottom line. Another attribute of Trane chillers is flexibility, and there are countless ways that a Trane centrifugal can be configured to meet criteria for specific projects.”
Publication date: 6/20/2016