Increasing Energy Demand for Human Comfort and Refrigeration of Perishable Foods
The combination of these issues is having a profound impact on the world. A number of studies estimate the amount of energy consumed for human heating and cooling (HVAC) and the storage, transportation and retail access (Refrigeration) of perishable food is between 40% to 50% of the world's total electrical energy consumption. Even more startling is that electrical energy consumption is increasing each year, outpacing sustainable energy generation. This is in part due to the urbanization of major population regions, such as China and India where a new generation of citizens are demanding the benefits of human comforts of cooling, heating and fresher foods.
These come with a global impact! This increased demand is fueling the implementation of new HVAC and Refrigeration systems throughout the world, intensifying the use of available refrigerants that increase our carbon footprint and irreparably harm our environment and ozone layer. Such requirements are further exacerbated by increased energy consumption that can only be met by increased energy generation from non-sustainable sources and infrastructure that is decades in age.
Many Refrigerants are Harmful to the Environment
As the global demand for air conditioning and refrigeration continues to escalate, most of the refrigerants that HVAC and Refrigeration systems use for cooling remain harmful to the ozone layer. The use of many existing refrigerants create a number of environmental challenges, each of which increases the cost of the refrigerant, its handling, safety and more importantly its destruction at end-of-useful-life. Global governmental restrictions on “Freon-like’ substances and replacements have created an opportunity for an environmentally friendly refrigerant to emerge. Based on these types of government restrictions, the majority of commercial building and residential owners will be facing the requirement of replacing older refrigerants and/or HVAC equipment with environmentally friendly versions. To date there are few life cycle enhancements that can lengthen the life and use of existing installed equipments.
The Market Opportunity
The world's energy consumption is increasing faster then the environment and sustainable power generation capabilities can support. The need to protect the Earth's ozone has resulted in several government regulations and requirements to create alternative 'energy-saving' solutions. The challenge facing the HVAC and building industries is to provide energy efficient systems for heating and cooling that are economical, require no significant implementation costs and do not adversely impact the environment or human sustainability. In response to this need and opportunity, Bluon Energy and its innovative team began research into an environmentally friendly solution for HVAC and Refrigeration systems. This development program was initiated in 2000 and has led to the discovery of a 'green-gas' solution that meets and exceeds known requirements for compliance with global regulations and guidelines.
Our product, “BLUON TdXTM”, is fully compliant for the new “Green Gas” protocols that went into effect in 2010. We provide a very economical solution with minimal implementation costs and virtually no equipment changes. In documented use, BLUON TdXTM is providing numerous other mechanical and energy saving benefits for HVAC-R equipment, including:
- Reduced Energy Demand – Demonstrated operational energy efficiency with up to 60% reduced energy consumption are being realized due to unique thermal dynamic properties.
- Minimal Installation Costs/High ROI - The TdXTM installation process is low cost as a simple 'system recharge' and requires zero to minimal physical hardware retrofit changes.
- Positive Environmental Impact - TdXTM qualifies as a green gas and has zero ozone depleting issues and is fully compliant with Green Gas regulations.
- Defers the need to replace older HVAC equipment – TdXTM can be used in older refrigerant based HVAC systems and equipment (such as R-22) extending the life of older systems with a fully compliant refrigerant and enhanced system performance.
- Maximizes Equipment System Performance
- Equipment Performance Enhancement - Improved temperature management for cooling (and heating if heat pump system). Systems deliver higher Delta "T's and the transition time from "starting" to "desired" temperature is attained faster, reducing cycle times.
- Extended Equipment Life - TdXTM provides lower compressor pressures, equipment operating termperatures and reduced cycle times
- Reduced Frost Build-up - The chemical composition of TdXTM provides reduced 'frost build-up' on the condensor coils without impacting operational humidity.
Bluon's TdXTM has also been found to offer the same economical operations savings in a variety of commercial refrigeration systems and separately in the transportation markets for cooling solutions.