Retrofitting of a chill installation at the fruit co-operative, Ille Fruit, in Ille-sur-Tet
In June 2012, the SPIE office in St Esteve uncovered a substantial leak in a system operating with R22. The office's attention turned to finding a solution that would extend the lifetime of this system, which was installed in 1991 by FICA (acquired by SPIE in 2009).
Following a study conducted with Climalife, it was decided that the refrigerant, Performax LT, would replace the R22. Having already had a positive experience with this refrigerant, Robert Romeu, a manager at SPIE, explained that, "Performax LT is very suitable for this type of medium temperature, chill installation, unlike R404A, with which the increase in power would be higher and consequently pose a problem for the heat exchangers as they would no longer be able to keep up".
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