George Bou Mitri
Honeywell, Trane draw down carbon emissions of chillers in UAE
DUBAI, November 30, 2023
Honeywell and Trane Technologies have said that Trane chillers running on ultra-low-global warming potential (GWP) Honeywell Solstice zd (R-1233zd) refrigerant in the UAE are helping avoid 42,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually.
Based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology, Honeywell Solstice zd is energy efficient, non-flammable and has a GWP of 1, reducing impact on the environment compared with the commonly used hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant R-134a.
"Our collaboration with Trane in the UAE is a strong example of how HFO refrigerants such as Honeywell Solstice zd are making a significant difference for the environment,” said George Bou Mitri, vice president and general manager of Performance Materials and Technologies for the Middle East and North Africa at Honeywell. “Across the Middle East’s built environment, there is considerable focus on how to meet the intense cooling requirements of infrastructure while simultaneously meeting ambitious climate targets. Honeywell Solstice zd is one such technology that is available today to achieve this goal."
“Enabling increased energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact, our selection of Honeywell’s Solstice zd represents another tangible step toward achieving our Gigaton Challenge – a pledge to reduce one billion metric tons of carbon from our customers’ emissions by 2030,” said Adnan Javed, general manager, Trane Middle East and Africa. “As we continue to lead by example in the transition to low-GWP refrigerants, we are pleased to collaborate with Honeywell and leverage Solstice zd to further drive our sustainability goals.”
With a large cooling capacity, Trane’s CenTraVac centrifugal chillers with Honeywell Solstice zd are currently used at 26 sites across the UAE, including at Pure Harvest Smart Farms’ indoor growing facilities in Al Ain, and cumulatively deliver more than 350,000 tonnes of refrigeration.
Investment in research
Honeywell has invested more than $1 billion in research, development and new capacity for its Solstice technology, which has applications in refrigerants, blowing agents, aerosols, solvents and is being evaluated for use in metered dose inhalers.
Use of Honeywell Solstice technology has helped avoid the potential release of the equivalent of more than 326 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equal to the carbon emissions from nearly 70 million gasoline-powered passenger vehicles per year.--TradeArabia News Service