ENERG-ICE, an EU co-funded Energy efficiency project proposing an innovative polyurethane foaming technology for appliances insulation, using notably an HFO blowing agent, was selected as one of the six “Best of the Best” Environment and Information projects 2013.
The project focused on reducing the environmental impact of appliances, manufacturing the insulation filling of refrigerators and freezers, using a low-GWP HFO and cyclopentane as a blowing agent.
Extensive industrial tests with in real conditions showed a 11 % energy efficiency improvement with the HFO blowing agent, and 8 % with cyclopentane, compared to the best-in-class appliances available as certified by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
The ENER-ICE technology had been extensively industrially validated, with real performance testing of the foam properties and the energy efficiency of commercial appliances.
Source : European Commission ENV