Hydrocarbon refrigerants excel ‘down under’


Hydrocarbon refrigerants manufacturer, HyChill Australia, recently announced that the ‘OKA’ vehicle manufacturer has elected to use hydrocarbon refrigerants in its production line.
OKA constitutes the first vehicle OEM in the world to use hydrocarbon refrigerants.

Despite the recent announcement, OKA has enjoyed using HyChill’s hydrocarbons for around four years. Furthermore, an entire line of European-built AVIA trucks, distributed by Reymer Pty Ltd, the parent company of OKA Australia, is set to go on sale shortly and will also benefit from HyChill refrigerants.
John Clark from HyChill Australia, commented, “This is an Australian made natural hydrocarbon refrigerant being adopted by an Australian motor vehicle design and manufacturing company providing a solution which is proven safe, provides world-beating cost and performance characteristics, and sets new standards in minimising the environmental footprint of automotive air conditioning,”

Andy Granger, Reymer Pty Ltd’s Head of Marketing and Business Development explained the benefits of HyChill. He remarked, “Compared to fluorinated gas alternatives, the vastly increased chilling performance of HyChill Minus 30EC refrigerant has many advantages for a commercial vehicle manufacturer.
For example, we are confronted with increasing levels of heat rejection from engines – an unfortunate side effect of making engines more emissions friendly. The engine and cooling system are directly below the driver’s cab so ultimately some of that heat ends up soaking into the cab structure – the increased performance of HyChill more than compensates.

Furthermore, the addition of emissions control systems means that we have less space in which to package chassis and cab equipment; using HyChill Minus 30 EC, we can gain performance points without having to increase evaporator or compressor size,$quot; concluded Granger.

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