Toshiba Air Conditioning has held a series of customer events across the UK and Ireland to launch its move to R32 refrigerant for split and multi-split air conditioning systems. Toshiba Air Conditioning UK is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Coinciding with the World Cup, the Toshiba R32 roadshow had a football theme, with events staged at iconic football grounds, including Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in London, Villa Park, Aston Villa’s ground in Birmingham, Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City, and Croke Park in Dublin, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Toshiba distributor Cool Designs Limited also held two events, in Glasgow and Newcastle, where the roadshow culminated, supported by the Toshiba team.
David Dunn, managing director of sales for Toshiba Air Conditioning in the UK, said: “Having looked in detail at the current options, we believe R32 is a good option as the industry makes the transition away from higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) R410A refrigerant. R32 is less expensive and better for the environment than higher GWP options.” He added: “Our priority is to ensure the highest standards of safety for all Toshiba installations, and to this end we will support customers through this transition to ensure it is done as safely and cost effectively as possible.”
Toshiba’s Super Digital Inverter (SDi) and Digital Inverter (Di) are now available pre-charged with R32, while R410A-based equipment will continue to be sold until existing stock runs out. Toshiba will continue to supply its award-winning SMMS-e and SHRM-e Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems on R410A, which is currently the most suitable refrigerant for use with large distributed systems.
In the VRF segment, for which R32 is not suitable, Toshiba is working on a number of promising new technology options to enable a timely transition away from R410A, which is part of the phase down under the F-Gas Regulations. These would be fully compliant with the latest requirements under the Ecodesign Directive, which introduces strict new efficiency standards for equipment sold in the EU from 2021