Hoshizaki has developed its first ever cube ice machine to use hydrocarbon as a refrigerant.
The IM-240ANE-HC is one of the few hydrocarbon cube makers available in the UK market, according to the firm.
Hoshizaki is targeted the high capacity machine at larger outlets under pressure to demonstrate environmental awareness and realise major energy and water savings.
As well as the obvious environmental benefits, Hoshizaki says the R290 refrigerant reduces energy consumption by approximately 20% on previous models.
The IM-240ANE-HC is capable of producing 210kgs of perfect ice over 24 hours. The machine will operate continuously at temperatures of up to 40ºC.
Other features include a closed cell, jet ice making system that contains the water in the ice-making process, thereby reducing cleaning and potential bacteria build-up, and a fully automatic rinse and flush cycle that ensures clear, hygienic ice cubes.