Hoshizaki’s hydrocarbon-refrigerated Emerald Class range of icemakers has been further extended and is now, the company claims, the largest of its type in the world.
There are now 17 Emerald Class models across both IM (cube) and FM (flake) ice machines available in the UK.
The range is said to have quality, performance and consistency, with no effect on ozone depletion and a global warming potential of under 3. To put this into context, carbon dioxide has a measure of 1 while some of the older types of refrigerant could be measured in hundreds and even thousands.
Hoshizaki believes that the hydrocarbon refrigerants used are more effective in conducting heat than fluorocarbon meaning that the machines should consume less energy and be cheaper to operate.
For example Hoshizaki claims the IM-240, which has a production capacity of 220kgs per 24 hours, saves over 40% which in real terms, based on an average business electricity rate of 9.50p per kWh, would save £682 per year. Assuming the machine was well looked after and running well, this would mean savings of almost £7000 over a 10 year period.
As well as conducting heat efficiently, hydrocarbon is claimed to reduce the operating temperature within the icemaker’s compressor and thus effectively contribute to extended longevity.
All Emerald Class units are priced as per their HFC counterparts. Hoshizaki has confirmed that there will be no change to this in the foreseeable future.