The Future Of Refrigerants – Bluon Energy Introduces TDX 20 (R-458A)September 24, 2018
If you have kept your ear to the ground, with regard to the HVAC-R industry, then you should know that a lot is about to change. If you have not, then the rising cost of R-22 refrigerant may have alerted you that something major is happening, or about to happen.
R-22, the most popularly used refrigerant, in both commercial and residential applications, all over the world is being phased out. More than two thirds of the world’s HVAC-R equipment use R-22. After January 1st 2020, this refrigerant will no longer be produced or imported into any developed country. The phase out in developing nations is set to come to a conclusion be the year 2040.
In recent years, the prices of R-20 and R-22 refrigerants have skyrocketed, and continue to climb as we draw nearer to the 2020 deadline. This is due to the dwindling supplies available to meet the huge demand for the refrigerant. This has led to the introduction of a variety of alternative refrigerants; however, only Bluon’s TDX 20 is considered to be a step forward from the exiting R-22.
Why Is R-22 Being Phased Out?
To clearly understand why Bluon Energy is charting a way into the future of air conditioning refrigerants, it’s important to have a clear idea of why R-22 is being phased out.
R-22 was introduced back in the eighties as a replacement for the outgoing CFC based refrigerants. These refrigerants were deemed to be responsible for the destruction of the ozone layer. R-22, on its part is a Hydroflourocarbon HCFC. This placed it among the ozone depleting refrigerants to be phased out under the Montreal Protocol; which was ratified by most of the countries in the world back in the late 1980s. The presence of chlorine in the HCFC compound gives it ozone depleting properties.
In addition to being an ozone depleting substance, R-22 is also considered to be a greenhouse gas with a Global Warming Potential rating of 1810.
TDX 20 As An Alternative Refrigerant
To ensure that the R-22 phase out did not leave a gap in the HVAC-R market with regard to an effective refrigerant, a variety of alternatives have been introduced over the years; with R-410 A being the most popularly used option. However, none of these alternatives have been seen to match, let alone improve, upon the performance and efficiency of R-22.
This is where Bluon Energy, with their TDX 20 alternative refrigerant, moved in to take us into the future of HVAC-R refrigerants. TDX 20 not only outperforms all of the available R-22 replacement alternatives, but also goes a step further, by improving matching the performance of the outgoing refrigerant while improving on its performance.
Read on below to see why TDX 20 is, in addition to being an R-22 replacement alternative, an upgrade on this soon to be obsolete refrigerant.
Bluon Energy’s new refrigerant, ASHRAE designation R-458A, like most of the alternatives is made up of a blend of compounds; five to be specific. These compounds change phase in a well planned sequence that is triggered one after the other. This sequential phase change comes with a variety of benefits that have taken the refrigerant a step above all other alternatives, and R-22 as well.
The advantages of R-458A clearly demonstrate why it’s considered to be an upgrade on the outgoing R-22 refrigerant.
Here’s How TDX 20 Is An Upgrade On R-22
TDX 20 can be used with the same equipment that previously used R-22 without the need for any changes whatsoever. As previously stated, more than two thirds of the world’s HVAC-R equipment uses R-22. Furthermore, most of the equipment still has a long way to go before any replacements can be considered.
HVAC-R equipment owners can make huge savings, and avoid spending big on equipment replacements by choosing this new refrigerant as opposed to other existing alternatives. All the other alternatives cannot be used on existing equipment as is.
TDX 20 was not only designed to replace R-22 and other HCFC based refrigerants, but was also meant to improve on the HVAC equipment efficiency in operation. As it stands, HVAC equipment energy consumption is estimated to be between 30 and 40 percent of the total energy produced in the world.
By replacing R-22 with TDX 20, HVAC equipment energy consumption drops by between 5 and 25 percent. Furthermore, the refrigerant reduces equipment’s daily runtime by anything between 20 and 90 minutes, creating the opportunity for additional energy savings. This drop substantially reduces the carbon footprint associated with all facilities fitted with such equipment. Building owners can enjoy lower energy bills as a result of switching to Bluon Energy’s revolutionary refrigerant.
R-22 is being phased out due to environmental reasons; chief among them, it’s potential to tear holes into the ozone layer. R-458A, in addition to being non-toxic and non-flammable, has zero ozone depleting potential. This means that users no longer have to worry about damaging the ozone when using this refrigerant as we move into the future.
It is also worth noting that this new refrigerant has a lower Global Warming Potential rating of 1650, as compared to R-22’s GWP rating of 1810. Surprisingly, one of the most popular R-22 replacements R-404A has a GWP rating of 4000.
Using TDX 20 on existing HVAC equipment comes with a variety of performance related benefits; and more can be expected as we move into the future, with the introduction of new equipment designed for use with this new refrigerant.
The refrigerant can be used in low, medium and high pressure systems; even though it’s optimized for use in medium and high pressure systems. Since the refrigerant operates under reduced pressure, it results in lower compressor head temperatures resulting in lower amp draw. It also stabilizes the compressor resulting in fewer vibrations.
It is also worth noting that the lower operating pressure works to extend the life of the equipment in use as well. Bluon Energy has in essence created a refrigerant that not only rids the world of its overreliance on the outgoing R-22 refrigerant, but also made a leap into the future by ensuring that it’s an upgrade on all aspects of the existing variety.