The R290 in R290 heat pumps refers to the type of refrigerant used in this range of heat pumps. It is a refrigerant grade form of the common fuel gas propane which is used as an alternative hydrocarbon refrigerant to R404A and R407. R290 is now typically used in new refrigeration and air conditioning systems. R290 is a hydrocarbon refrigerant and is an efficient refrigerant that has a low Global Warming Potential (GWP).
Here at Pure Thermal, our hydrocarbon heat pumps use the natural refrigerant R290 which has a Low GWP (Global Warming Potential) of just 3 (see the graph below which shows the GWP figures for various other well-used commercial refrigerants) whilst also providing a practical, flexible, and cost effective refrigerant option with reduced environmental impact. R290 has many refrigerant applications including commercial air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, domestic air conditioning, industrial refrigeration, and industrial air conditioning
R290 is one of, if not the most, practical natural hydrocarbon refrigerant to use within a modern heat pump, delivering an operating temperature up to 70C whilst being simple to apply, and with no minimum return temperature restrictions (which can be the situation with CO2 natural refrigerant heat pumps).
In recent years, manufacturers and system developers have looked to identify suitable alternative organic refrigerants following the increased focus on the potential environmental implications of conventional refrigerants such as CFCs and HFCs and the increased legislation relating to the manufacture, distribution, and use of environmentally harmful refrigerants. This has led to the use of naturally occurring hydrocarbons for various heat pump applications such as R290 that provide an effective commercial solution with lower GWP. This new generation of environmentally friendly heat pumps are referred to as hydrocarbon heat pumps, propane heat pumps or more specifically R290 heat pumps.
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Because R290 heat pumps use natural refrigerants, this heat pump range is ideally suited to situations where low environmental impact is a priority, or areas where legislation restricts fossil fuel use. Where sustainability standards must be achieved to meet client or planning restrictions or regulations, the Pure Thermal R290 heat pump range provides a highly efficient, practical, and cost-effective HVAC solution, whilst future proofing the installation completely by removing the application completely from F Gas regulation and reporting requirements.
Alongside the significant environmental benefits, R290 heat pump units provide a practical and efficient alternative to standard HFC heat pumps.
With the capability to operate at temperatures suitable for medium to high temperature applications, the Pure Thermal R290 heat pump range can be specified for a wide range of applications including retrofit and new projects.
Enerblue is the leading specialist European heat pump manufacturer, with a strong reputation since 2007 for delivering market leading quality with an innovative engineering approach.
The Enerblue range includes the Purple R290 heat pump which provides the specifier with an extremely high performing range of air source heat pumps that are able to deliver flow temperatures up to 70C. Pure Thermal directly provides the complete range of Enerblue equipment within the UK, supported by a full range of services from design through to installation and maintenance support.
Pure Thermal is a specialist provider of natural refrigerant hydrocarbon heat pumps including R290 Heat Pumps, dual output chiller hot water generators, natural refrigerant chillers, and integrated waste heat recycling and thermal storage systems.
Start your R290 heat pump project today with Pure Thermal. Contact our specialist technical support team on 020 3488 4618 for more information.