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R32 air conditioning technology to be in UK by next year, says Daikin

AC giant to start bringing mildy flammable lower-GWP refrigerant into its range from 2015

Next year, AC giant Daikin willl launch the first units with the mildy flammable lower-GWP refrigerant R32, according to Peter Verkempynk managing director of Daikin UK. The first range will be units up to 6 kW, followed by up to 16 kW units in 2016,

The third wave of R32 technology will see its Altherma heat pumps using the refrigerant from 2017, with more phases to follow, he said.

In response to concerns over working with mildly flammable gases like R32, Mr Verkempynk said: “It is our responsibility to make sure that people know how to handle R32. And therefore we will be ensuring that installers are trained appropriately.”

Today at the ACR Show, Daikin launched its fourth generation VRV, The VRV IV heat recovery system claims to offer a massive 28 per cent improved efficiency over the previous generation.

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  • Here is a question for Mr Verkempynk and anyone thats thinking about working with R32 refrigerant.
    Question how much R32- Hydrogen fluoride does it take to Kill a refrigeration mechanic?
    " about 1gram?"

    If you want to know more, why not Google The Dangers of R32 refrigerant or go to http://pioneerair.com.au/the-dangers-of-r32-refrigerant/#comment-100325

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  • Mr Verkempynk
    Tradesman have been working with flammable gas for many years such as our welding sets as one. It is not the flammable side that is a concern to us but the Toxic side of this gas. Should this leak into a home or office who is liable? Why the poor service mechanic. Who now has to arrive in chemical fall out gear on hand to work on these systems. What has your company done to improve safety and reduce liability?
    Hydrogen Fluoride is not something to play around with. What if there is a fire how are fire fighters going to know what they dealing with? You only talk about mildly flammable this is found today in most home for cooking and heating etc. This is Hydro Carbon yes flammable but clean burning and not Toxic.
    These systems also offer high energy saving and are safe to work with. People must read the MSDS and google the dangers of R32.
    You must ask who is going to take liability should this leak into a home office or work place. You need to ask what safety controls have Daikin put into these units should a leak occure.

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