The hotel wanted to lead the way in the smaller commercial sector by using an environmentally friendly natural refrigerant for its food cold storage. After talking its plans through with contractor KJ Refrigeration, it chose to use CO2 (R744).
CO2 has long been a key refrigerant for the retail sector in the UK and, since the launch of the Cubo2 Smart condensing unit in March this year, is now also an option for smaller non-retail businesses such as the Beach Hotel.
Two of KJ Refrigeration’s engineers attended the Cubo2 Smart training course at Cool Concerns, where they became familiar with CO2 and the Cubo2 Smart technology.
Dean & Wood selected and supplied the full coldroom package including the Cubo2 Smart condensing unit, LU-VE CO2 evaporator, Carel controls and K65 pipe and fittings.
Although the capital equipment was more expensive than traditional HFC/HFO condensing units, the hotel now has the security of knowing that the investment has given them a future proof, sustainable and environmentally friendly refrigeration system. If for servicing and maintenance purposes the system should require additional refrigerant in the long term future, it now has peace of mind that the CO2 will be available and at an affordable price.
Kevin Jones, managing director of KJ Refrigeration, said: “The Cubo2 Smart system, although more involved than a traditional one, was straightforward and we will use it again due to its low carbon footprint.’’