HVAC manufacturer SKM Air Conditioning LLC will launch the first line of chillers equipped with Honeywell’s Solstice ze (R-1234ze) refrigerant in the Middle East.
The product will be showcased at the Big 5 show, opening on November 26 and taking place until the 29th at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The new chillers—large central air conditioning units designed for industrial and commercial buildings—will be available for industrial installation throughout the Middle East.
“Adoption of Solstice ze for our new chiller line not only helps us improve energy efficiency, but also meet environmental targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Nabil Abouseido (pictured), marketing & business development director, SKM.
“We are excited to be the first HVAC manufacturer to offer chillers equipped with Solstice ze in the Middle East. Adoption of this technology helps support regional goals to become greener and more energy efficient.”
Amir Naqvi, regional marketing leader, Honeywell Fluorine Products, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, added: “Honeywell remains committed to supplying next-generation, environmentally-preferable HFO alternatives to support the regional Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) industries on accelerating the transition from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other high-GWP materials.
“SKM is one of the earliest adopters of our ultra-low GWP refrigerant in the region, and we are looking forward to supporting more manufacturers who are working to achieve energy efficiency goals and sustainability efforts.”
GCC countries are key signatories of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which is focused on phasing down the use of high-global-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Solstice ze is non-ozone-depleting with a GWP of less than 1. It complies with the latest regulations designed to reduce the global warming impacts of fluorinated refrigerants and other materials.
Honeywell’s refrigerants are sold worldwide under the Solstice and Genetron brand names for a range of applications, including refrigeration, building and automobile air conditioning.
The company and its suppliers have completed a $900mn investment programme in technology development and new capacity based on Honeywell’s HFO technology, which helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance.