Parker Sporlan Products Introduced for Low-GWP Refrigerants

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Washington, MO – February 29, 2016 – Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has released products designed for next-generation low-GWP refrigerants. These product offerings address systems designed for CO2 (carbon dioxide), hydrocarbon, HFO (hydrofluoroolefin), and lower-GWP HFC refrigerants.

New products for transcritical CO2 systems include 140 bar (2030 psi) MRP-rated gas cooler/flash gas bypass valves, and filter-driers. Products for subcritical CO2 applications include electric expansion and pressure regulating valves, solenoid valves, filter-driers, check valves, and sightglass moisture indicators rated up to 70 bar (1015 psi) MRP.

ATEX compliance under EU directive 94/9/EC, certified by an independent laboratory, assures that Sporlan products are safe to use in systems with flammable refrigerants such as hydrocarbons. ATEX compliant thermostatic expansion valves, solenoid valves, filter-driers, and sightglass moisture indicators for use with A2L and A3 refrigerants, including R290. Certifications are underway on additional product lines, including electric valves.

Sporlan is “ready to support” the refrigeration industry with products optimized for R448A and R449A, as high-GWP HFCs are phased out of use in medium and low-temperature refrigeration. Products are also available for R1234ze, R450A, and R513A for use in chillers and many other high and medium-temperature applications. New thermostatic charges for TEVs have been developed where appropriate to deliver the best broad-range superheat control with these new refrigerants. Parker ZoomLock and ZoomLine products are approved for use with HFOs, as well as most HFCs. Extensive material compatibility testing has been done by Parker, with support by Chemours’ and Honeywell’s labs to ensure long-term reliability and leak-free performance with HFOs and HFO-blends.

While much of the industry focuses on these new refrigerants, lower-GWP HFC refrigerants continue to play an important role in both new installations and retrofits. Sporlan offers a complete range of products for R407A, R407C, R407F, and other environmentally friendly replacements for high-GWP HCFCs and HFCs.

“Parker strongly supports the global initiatives underway to reduce the effect of refrigerants on the environment in which we all live. This comprehensive range of products, along with expert technical support is key to helping our OEM and wholesale customers smoothly and quickly transition to the future with next generation low-GWP refrigerants.” said John Withouse, Refrigerants Technical Lead for Parker.