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Ali Group’s new compressor fridge exceeds NAFEM expectations

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Beverage-Air, an Ali Group Company, has launched its first R290 refrigerators to use variable-speed compressors at the NAFEM Show last week.

The brand, based in North Carolina, said the single-door refrigerators are the first in the foodservice industry to feature variable-speed compressors.

Beverage-Air saw a lot of interest in the variable-speed units at the NAFEM Show and plans to increase its product offering with variable-speed technology as a result.

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In an interview with Hydrocarbons21.com, Nick Schriner, director of engineering for Beverage-Air and Ali’s Victory brand, said: “Beverage-Air and Victory are 100% committed to transferring to R290. About 80% of what the companies manufacture now use R290, the exception being smaller products that are in the process of being converted.”

The variable-speed refrigerators, called the Cross-Temp Series, include a dual-zone model which were on display at the NAFEM Show, with two separate food-storage compartments and two condensing units. Another model uses one condensing unit for one chamber. Temperatures for both can range from -15°F to 40°F.

Schriner further told Hydrocarbons21: “The variable-speed units employ a ‘drop-in solution’ that includes a smart compressor that can sense the load by how long it takes to achieve a set point, It then decides how much lower rpm it can step down to.”

This technology enables efficiency gains of 30%-35% compared to standard units, which meet the latest Energy Star efficiency standards for commercial refrigerators.

Mayank Patel, refrigeration engineer for Beverage-Air and Victory explained that the extra capacity means that a refrigerator that formerly used two R134a condensing units would need only one R290 unit.

With its commitment to R290, Beverage-Air will not offer condensing units with HFO blends.

Schriner said: “We want to build our units and leave them alone. If we go with [HFO blends], we’ll be there again in five or six or seven years. That’s not where we want to be.”

IMAGE CREDIT: www.hydrocarbons21.com

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