In a ground-breaking initiative, Daikin UK is to partner with refrigerant management company A-Gas to encourage the recovery and use of reclaimed refrigerant.
Daikin UK’s Commission with Confidence service, which guarantees the cost and supply of the R410A refrigerant trim charge for its VRV systems, will now use reclaimed refrigerant. In addition, a brand new initiative will reward Daikin’s D1 and D1+ partners for the amount of refrigerant they reclaim.
The new initiatives were announced at Daikin UK’s D1 Partner Event in London yesterday.
The first of these is focused on the newly launched VRV IV+ systems and existing VRV IV S-series units, which from 2019 have certified reclaimed refrigerant allocated to them during production, meaning these units have zero impact on F-gas quotas. Daikin estimates that the quantity of reclaimed refrigerant allocated to these units avoids more than 300,000 tons of CO2eq from being generated in the production of virgin refrigerant.
Daikin UK also announced that its Commission with Confidence service – which was launched last year to offer refrigerant supply, system charging, commissioning and optional monitoring, all for a flat rate – would also switch to using certified reclaimed refrigerant.
The event also featured the launch of a new Reclaim with Confidence service, which is available solely to Daikin D1 Business Partners and D1+ Premium Partners, via A-Gas, exclusively in partnership with Daikin. To encourage uptake of this ground-breaking partnership to increase reclaiming of refrigerant within the industry, Daikin is offering its D1 and D1+ partners extra Business Development Fund rewards, based on the quantity of refrigerant they reclaim.
In the case of large systems, installers can call on the A-Gas Rapid Recovery service, which can save almost 70% of time and costs on site. During a recent reclaim at a Bristol Water site, the service recovered 50kg of refrigerant in three hours total time on site, comparing with typically a day’s labour of a team of installers onsite. The service can be arranged for all refrigerants and customers can be confident that refrigerant is recovered and reclaimed to AHRI700 standard for future use in the market.
“After launching Commission with Confidence last year, we are now able to introduce reclaimed refrigerant as part of this service, as well as launching our new Reclaim with Confidence service which will help to ensure a greater supply of reclaimed refrigerant re-enters the market,” said Daikin UK MD Angela McGinley. “Together with the introduction of certified reclaimed refrigerant allocation in selected VRV ranges, Daikin is leading the industry firmly in the right direction of creating a circular economy.”