The commercial refrigeration industry is undergoing a massive transition in the types of refrigerants that can be used across a wide range of applications. At the heart of this shift is an environmental initiative to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP) and replace them with lower-GWP synthetic and natural alternatives.
The refrigeration industry currently has a
number of standards and methods of measurement in place to provide a helpful
guide for determining the energy efficiency of equipment. These methods, such
as the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), allow engineers to compare different
compressors and operating conditions, ultimately finding a combination that
fits the application at hand.