SA's first ever heat pump cassette launched

07 November 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201812662

Consulting Engineers & Project Management
Heating, Cooling & Ventilation
Property – Commercial & Industrial

Daikin has launched South Africa’s very first heat pump cassette using low GWP R-32 refrigerant gas extending the Sky Air range for light commercial applications. With just one-third of the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of R-410A refrigerant, R-32 is a proven environmentally responsible alternative. The R-32 based Sky Air High COP cassette promises to deliver high energy efficiency with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

Following the introduction of R-32 refrigerant-based direct expansion air conditioners and heat pumps under the Bluevolution technology range in Europe, Daikin South Africa has now launched a new SkyAir system cassette variant. The new Sky Air Bluevolution cassette updates the Daikin original Round Flow Cassette Design and provides an environment-friendly technology alternative for a variety of light commercial applications such as for retail stores, restaurants and small office spaces.

SA's first ever heat pump cassette launched
The lowest GWP for light commercial air conditioners

Further to the European phase-down of hydro-fluorocarbons through F-Gas legislation, refrigeration gases are now rated on their carbon dioxide emissions tonnes equivalent and consequently, their environmental impact. Leading the move to low GWP refrigerants, Daikin continues to pioneer new HVAC technologies to the benefit of the South African business owners and consumers, at its research and development centre based in Belgium.

Accommodating cooling capacities from 2.5kW to 13.4kW, the Sky Air Bluevolution Cassette is an affordable, energy-efficient, environment-friendly solution. With a 15% lower refrigerant charge, the system has no need for an annual refrigerant containment check. The new heat pump cassette system, which works off a 220-240V power supply voltage, provides the highest seasonal energy ratings on the market.

The Sky Air Bluevolution cassette combined with a BRC1H51 wired remote controller incorporates high-value features such as continuous low noise operation and a 5-step fan speed control for maximizing comfort.

Madoka Remote Controller

The award winning new Madoka controller from Daikin has been developed in response to increasing demand from users for more flexibility, meeting modern climate control needs together with a growing emphasis on convenience and accessibility. The result of extensive design and development research, Madoka introduces a unique concept that allows users and installers to experience a novel approach to air conditioning control and commissioning.

Using Bluetooth ow Energy (BLE), set-up and program adjustment can be carried out remotely via smartphone using the Madoka Assistant app.

The first R-32 heat pump for light commercial applications in Europe

“We are proud to launch South Africa’s very first light commercial Cassette system using a next generation low GWP refrigerant, which supports Daikin’s on-going global aim to lower the impact of its product portfolio. As a leading HVAC manufacturer Dakin strives to develop environmentally-responsible technology alternatives that can help our customers build a more sustainable future without compromising their safety. The Sky Air Bluevolution cassette system uses as much as 15% lower refrigerant volume in operation compared to its R-410A equivalent - delivering immediate benefits in installation use and maintenance.

“R-32 exhibits the many requisite characteristics making it suitable as a next generation refrigerant for residential and light commercial air conditioners. As a greener replacement, it is easier to charge, recover and recycle as it is not a blended refrigerant - unlike the traditional R-410A. Installation with R-32 gas is also simple and straightforward, following same basic rules for piping and brazing, as well as similar pressures as R-410A.

Start the future now

“Millions of Daikin R-32 based air conditioners and heat pumps are in use worldwide, including installations in high ambient temperature zones. Daikin is committed to leveraging our know-how and technology innovation to offer the highest quality and energy efficient products for the South African market delivering consistent value throughout the system lifecycle..

Daikin’s decision to adopt R-32 followed extensive pilot testing in the field, working with the international community to consider and evaluate refrigerants from a range of economic, social and environmental factors. R-32 was identified as the most suitable refrigerant for air conditioners . Daikin began using R-32 for residential air conditioners for the Japanese market in 2012 and for the Indian market in 2013. Daikin R-32 based products are also used in major markets such as in China and Australia. In September 2011 Daikin began giving free access to its “Basic Patent Indispensable for the Manufacture and Sale of Air Conditioners Using R-32 Single Component Refrigerant.

In support of this launch Daikin is also offering training programs and on-going support to its installer network and service staff to educate, increase awareness on the benefits and empower them with necessary tools for adopting the manufacturer’s new SkyAir cassette system for light commercial use.

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