Organic Foods and Café, a grocery retailer based in the UAE, has retrofitted R448A into a system running R22 in one of its Dubai stores.
Organic Foods and Café is a family run company that runs seven shops in Dubai as well as a store in Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi. Founded in 2004, it sells fresh, organic and biodynamic foods, groceries, supplements, meat, dairy products, bread and household cleaning products.
Marketed by Honeywell as Solstice N40, R448A is an A1 non-flammable and non-toxic refrigerant with a GWP of 1387. Suitable to replace R404A or R22, tests are said to have shown an increase in system energy efficiency of up to 16% compared to R404A.
Honeywell says there have been more than 60,000 installations of Solstice N40 since its release in 2015.
“Solstice N40 is the practical and economical choice to support sustainable operations while reducing energy costs,” said Nils El Accad, CEO, of Organic Foods and Café. The retailer says it plans to extend retrofitting stores throughout the UAE with Solstice N40.