Store first in Italy to use Solstice L40X refrigerant


10 January 2023

Honeywell says a new MD Discount (MD) store is the first supermarket in Italy to use its Solstice L40X (R455A) refrigerant.

Solstice L40X is a low global warming potential (GWP), energy-efficient HFO-blend solution for commercial refrigeration applications such as small and medium size supermarkets, food service, cold rooms and freezer rooms.

With support from contractor ARNEG, MD selected Solstice L40X for its projected optimal energy-efficiency and cost-effectiveness at the store in San Giovanni in Persiceto.

The refrigerant has a low GWP of 146, which allows MD to remain compliant with the EU F-Gas Regulation calling on retailers to phase down the use of high GWP refrigerants. 

“MD is committed to using solutions that support our energy-efficiency and sustainability initiatives, which currently includes refrigeration control through remote electricity monitoring systems as well as the use of refrigerated trucks powered by clean energy,” said Michele Aiello, Technical Director, MD.

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“We are now engaging with Honeywell to further our work in this area and implement Solstice L40X in our new San Giovanni in Persiceto store, which is projected to support a lifetime cost savings of approximately €260,000 and 25% lower lifetime emissions compared with carbon dioxide for that store alone.1 Selecting HFO solutions like Solstice L40X is critical for us as we continue to grow our food retail chain and focus on making choices that are better for the environment.”

“Honeywell’s energy-efficient Solstice L40X is ready now to address small and medium size supermarkets’ refrigeration needs and environmental transformation goals, while complying with regulatory requirements,” said Julien Soulet, vice president and general manager, Fluorine Products, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Honeywell Advanced Materials. “This comprehensive solution, part of Honeywell’s Solstice line of HFO refrigerants, will support food retailers such as MD with driving towards carbon neutrality targets, reducing energy bills and improving their bottom line.”

1 Results are based on data input from MD and specific analyses using Honeywell’s Eco-Efficiency model, which has been independently validated by Cemafroid.