JCI Queensland Certification for R290 Chiller and Heat Pump
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Queensland Grants Its First Compliance Certification for Large-Scale R290 Chillers and Heat Pumps to Johnson Controls

The York YAS units, with capacities over 300kW, received approval from the state’s Resources, Safety and Health statutory board.

Johnson Controls (JC) has announced that it has received a “first-of-its-kind” compliance certification from the Australian Queensland Resources, Safety and Health (RSH) statutory board for its York-brand YAS large-scale propane (R290) chillers and air-to-water heat pumps.

According to a company brochure, the air-cooled YAS MC-VB chiller has a cooling capacity of 31.8–353kW (9–100TR) with a refrigerant charge ranging from 4–24kg (8.8–53lbs). The YAS RC-WP heat pump, also air cooled, has a cooling capacity of 90.9–297kW (25.8–84TR) with a refrigerant charge ranging from 13–57kg (28.7–126lbs). York reports energy efficiency ratios (EERs) for the units ranging from 2.4 to 3.3 based on the model and size. Both units use reciprocating compressors.

“The certification process involved rigorous testing and compliance measures, [with the] appliances using hydrocarbon refrigerants requiring additional certification,” JC said. “Approvals granted through this process are recognized throughout Australia, New Zealand and in some cases, internationally.”

The standards: According to a Johnson Controls Asia Pacific LinkedIn post, the units comply with the AS5149.2, IEC60079-15 and IEC60204-1 standards.

  • Terry Presley, Regional Manager Pacific, Industrial Refrigeration at JC, writes on LinkedIn that the first approved JC chiller will be installed at “a large retail shopping center” in the coming months.

YAS specifications: The YAS R290 chillers and heat pumps are designed for large-scale commercial and industrial applications and offer low-GWP solutions for state of Queensland’s retail outlets and food and beverage processing operations.

  • The YAS chiller line offers fluid leaving temperatures as low as −2°C (28.4°F) for medium-temperature applications and as low as −14°C (6.8°F) in the low-temperature model.
  • “Our MC VB models excel in refrigeration applications, such as producing low-temperature glycol for food and beverage cooling,” JC said.
  • The YAS heat pump “seamlessly” transitions between heating and cooling, providing water at temperatures up to 55°C (131°F) and glycol at temperatures down to −5°C (23°F), with a cooling capacity of 91‒297kW (26‒84TR).

NatRefs down under: Natural refrigeration solutions continue to gain popularity in the Australian market.

  • Supermarket Woolworths, with 1,095 stores in Australia, recently opened its 100th store with a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system in Wollongong, New South Wales. The company opened its first such store seven years ago.
  • A Coles supermarket in Howrah, Tasmania, opened in August 2022 with a CO2 heat pump providing store heating and an R290 chiller providing air-conditioning.
  • In 2022, Nightingale Housing, a non-profit apartment developer, announced it had installed 11 CO2 heat pumps built by Japanese OEM ITOMIC in six of its buildings, which provide space heating and hot water.
  • Also in 2022, SCM REF Australia, Beijer Ref Australia’s manufacturing operation, reported it had installed more than 220 transcritical CO2 units in Australia and New Zealand. At that time, Inderpal Saund, Business Development Manager APAC & Sales Manager at SCM REF Australia, said retailers were largely driving the market and that he expected to have 1,000 units sold by 2025.

Quotable: “Johnson Controls makes sure its products comply to relevant local standards and can be safely installed and operated,” Rickey Du, Product and Technology Manager, Industrial Refrigeration at Johnson Controls, told NaturalRefrigerants.com. “We have taken a careful, comprehensive process in engineering, validation and compliance checks to make sure standards are all well met. While Johnson Controls sells these products in other countries, there have been engineering changes made for Australia standards compliance.”

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