CHANNAHON, Ill. — Diversified CPC International (DCPC) partnered with Hoshizaki to introduce environmentally friendly refrigerants.
“The growing domestic and international emphasis on climate change mitigation requires a new generation of low-Global-Warming-Potential (GWP) and zero-Ozone-Depletion-Potential (OPD) refrigerants,” said DCPC President and CEO Bill Auriemma. “Equipment manufacturers need trustworthy suppliers that can deliver a consistently reliable product. DCPC’s high purity hydrocarbon natural refrigerants, such as R-290 (refrigerant grade propane), are 99.5% to 99.8+% pure, which provides for a more stable product than other hydrocarbon refrigerants available on the market.”
California is working on a strategy to reduce HFC emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by the year 2030 in order to comply with EPA requirements. One component of the plan includes providing grants for supermarkets to install new low-GWP/ODP refrigerated cabinet technology and retrofit existing technology where possible. Hoshizaki America recently transitioned its entire Steelheart Commercial Kitchen Refrigeration Series to R-290 refrigerants.
“Protecting the environment has never been more important than it is right now,” said Sally Ray, Hoshizaki director of marketing. “The R290 refrigerant supplied by DCPC enables us to produce an efficient, low-GWP product and provides a smaller carbon footprint. Hoshizaki America is dedicated to energy efficiency in every aspect of our business and is very proud to be named the 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year, our eighth such award.”
Retrofitting the company’s manufacturing facility in Bullock, Georgia, to accommodate R-290 was a planned undertaking for Hoshizaki. To support their transition, DCPC installed a 2,000-gallon bulk storage tank and assisted in the training of Hoshizaki technicians in the proper procedures for safely handling the product.
“We decided to focus on R-290 more than any other type of refrigerant because we think that it will be the dominant future option for this industry,” Ray said.
The R-290 is produced at DCPC’s hydrocarbon purification plant in Channahon, Illinois. A second production facility is currently under construction in Beaumont, Texas. Along with R-290, DCPC produces and distributes R-600a (refrigerant grade isobutane), R-600 (refrigerant grade normal butane), and R-1270 (refrigerant grade propylene.
“One of the critical ways DCPC has served our customers and gained the public trust is with continuous innovation that helps manufacturers better achieve their goals in producing safe and reliable customer products,” said Auriemma. “As we plan for the future, we remain committed to providing best-in-class products that are high in purity, chemically stable, and protect the environment. This includes ensuring that all our products and operations meet or exceed applicable federal, state, and local regulations.”