Sustainability and Energy Efficiency
Commitment to the Planet
PermaCold has adopted a formal company commitment to environmentally progressive engineered solutions, and has adopted the slogan "Our Planet, Our Responsibility" to convey that focus. We are pursuing new technical approaches, components, and strategic vendor partnerships to develop green refrigeration solutions. Placing the environmental impact of industrial refrigeration systems as a central concern in the engineering design is not common practice, and PermaCold intends to lead the industry as an innovator and advocate for progressive designs and environmental responsibility in the refrigeration field.
In addition to optimizing engineering refrigeration systems for maximum efficiency, the company is pursuing a range of initiatives involving more environmentally sound refrigeration systems, including:
- Developing systems requiring lower amounts of traditional refrigerants to operate and pursuing the use of non-toxic refrigerant solutions such as CO2.
- Optimizing industrial refrigeration capacity to reduce the size, energy needs, and materials required (including water, insulation and sewage waste).
- Engineering refrigeration in conjunction with modern LED lighting systems, vastly reducing "load shedding" of heat that directly impacts refrigeration system efficiency.
CO2 – A Natural Refrigerant Alternative
CO2 refrigeration is a safe alternative refrigerant that does not contribute to ozone depletion, yet still offers excellent thermodynamic properties for effective refrigeration and heat reclamation. As an example of additional use of heat reclaim, CO2 systems of about 110TR used in typical brewing or wine making applications may provide up to 2.1M BTU – ideal for use in wash down purposes.
As one of the leading refrigeration design/ build service providers, PermaCold Engineering believes that planning a new facility or retrofit should include a review of a CO2 solution.