Clivet’s Edge F R290 heat pump for residential applications. (Source: Clivet)
Clivet’s Edge F R290 heat pump for residential applications. (Source: Clivet)

Italian Manufacturer Clivet Releases New R290 Commercial and Residential Heat Pumps

The OEM calls propane the ‘refrigerant of the future’ in a recent LinkedIn post.

Italian manufacturer Clivet, part of the Chinese Midea Group, has launched new propane (R290) heat pumps and air-conditioning units for commercial and residential applications.

The company’s latest release, Thunder, is an air-cooled reversible propane heat pump for commercial end users with heating, cooling and hot water requirements. The outdoor heat pump can provide water temperatures of up to 75°C (167°F) in ambient temperatures of −5 to 30°C (23 to 86°F) and can operate in ambient temperatures down to −20°C (−4°F).

The Thunder lineup comes in capacities of 35–73kW (10–20.8TR), and up to 16 units can be connected to meet larger heating and cooling demands.

“The [Thunder] range is the ideal solution to meet different kinds of applications, from new installation to refurbishment thanks to the full inverter technology, wide operating envelope and modular installation,” explained Clivet.

The units are equipped with inverter scroll compressors specifically designed for the use of R290 and high-efficiency fans with variable-speed control to achieve “outstanding seasonal efficiency levels” and reduce operating costs, the manufacturer added.

Thunder heat pumps are fitted with several standard features, including double leak detector sensors and an extraction fan to disperse the refrigerant in the event of a leak.

For the residential heat pump market, Clivet’s Edge F range was launched toward the end of 2023 and can deliver heating, cooling and domestic hot water with capacities of 4–15kW (1.1–4.3TR). According to the manufacturer, the Edge F heat pump is a “superb alternative” to a traditional boiler, making it ideal for renovations. Similar to Clivet’s commercial R290 heat pump, the Edge F can supply hot water at temperatures up to 75°C. It can operate in ambient temperatures down to −10°C (14°F).

The manufacturer’s R290-based single split air-conditioner – the Cervino – was introduced earlier this year. In addition to offering up to 3.5kW (1TR) in cooling capacity, it can also provide space heating, with a capacity of up to 3.4kW (0.9TR).

Propane on the rise

Clivet’s latest R290 offerings align with recent developments in the European heat pump and AC market, with a growing number of manufacturers introducing propane-based units. It is also following in the footsteps of parent company Midea, which launched an R290 room air conditioner in Europe in 2021 and a propane-based air-to-water residential heat pump last year.

As the EU works to transition away from HFCs and fossil fuel-based heating systems under its revised F-gas Regulation and REPowerEU plan, respectively, Clivet says in a recent LinkedIn post that it sees propane as the “refrigerant of the future.”

“The use of R290 refrigerant guarantees a negligible environmental impact compared to traditional solutions and makes the range perfectly in line with the latest step of the phase-out plan for HFC refrigerants approved by the [EU],” it says.

“The use of R290 refrigerant guarantees a negligible environmental impact compared to traditional solutions and makes the range perfectly in line with the latest step of the phase-out plan for HFC refrigerants approved by the European Union.”

Clivet

To support the adoption of R290 across the sector, Clivet offers a range of courses for industry stakeholders, including on sustainable air-conditioning systems and heat pump technologies, via Clivet University.

“In order for the [propane] system to be efficient and safe, adequate training of installers is essential,” says the manufacturer in another LinkedIn post. “With more than 10 Training Centres in Europe, Clivet University offers theoretical and practical training in installation, operation and maintenance.”

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