It has been announced that Whirlpool is deploying Honeywell Solstice N13 (R-450A) refrigerant in its heat pump tumble dryer range, replacing legacy R-134a refrigerant. The switch to Solstice N13 enables Whirlpool to cut carbon emissions by approximately 60% and comply with European Union Ecodesign and F-Gas regulations while providing a more efficient product for its customers.
Ronald Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool, stated: “Consumers are increasingly interested in tumble dryers with heat pumps. Compared to traditional condensing tumble dryers, those with heat pump offer up to 50 percent lower energy consumption. And, since Solstice N13 is a near drop-in replacement for R-134a, it was a quick and easy changeover with no additional engineering investment required.”
Julien Soulet, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: “Solstice N13 solves a number of challenges companies like Whirlpool face, including the increasingly limited availability of high GWP refrigerants under the EU F-gas quota system and strict Ecodesign regulations.”
Based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology, Solstice N13 is a non-flammable, non-toxic alternative to R-134a in medium-temperature systems, offering similar performance and energy efficiency but with a global warming potential (GWP) of only 604 versus a GWP of 1,430 for R-134a (IPCC AR4).