HFC-free refrigerators and freezers from Gram
HFC-free products since 2002
Gram Commercial uses propane as the refrigerant in its refrigerators and freezers for professional kitchens. We thus exploit the fact that propane is a more efficient refrigerant than HFC, allowing us to save a large proportion of the energy consumed by the appliances.
The background for the move was the new strategy we adopted in 2000. If we were to survive, we had to become the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly on the market.
With support from the Danish Energy Agency, and in cooperation with among others the Danish Technological Institute, we developed a series of HFC-free refrigerators and freezers in which energy consumption has now been reduced to 25% of initial levels for refrigerators and 50% for freezers.
We are therefore pioneers in this kind of appliance, and the legislation has supported us. There is no doubt that the sector's green profile is the result of regulatory requirements.
In the spring of 2002, Gram Commercial could thus introduce the natural gas propane as standard in refrigerators and freezers for professional kitchens.
80 percent propane appliances versus 20 per cent HFC
Gram Commercial exports most of its production. Overall, we presently sell as few as 20 per cent HFC appliances, as opposed to 70 per cent ten years ago. Markets which previously were unable to service propane appliances are now ready for the technology.
For propane technology makes special demands on refrigeration technicians, who must for example use special equipment and have completed a technical training course on the subject.