Natural refrigerant for T-Cap series heat pumps 

Responding to the challenge of decarbonising heat, Panasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions launched a new product at the InstallerSHOW, and also confirmed moves to leverage key industry partnerships, too.

The Aquarea M Series range of air source heat pumps from Panasonic uses natural refrigerant R290, otherwise known as propane. R290 carries a very low rating for Global Warming Potential (GWP 3), compared to HFC refrigerants such as R32 (GWP 657).

The launch aligns strongly with the company’s commitment to reducing global CO2 emissions by 200Mt by 2050 through its programme of Green IMPACT initiatives.

T-Cap tech for efficiency

This latest generation of Aquaria heat pumps comes complete with T-CAP (Total Capacity) technology for optimal efficiency and can operate in outdoor temperatures as low as -15°C, without the need for a backup heater. According to Panasonic, one T-CAP unit can provide the same capacity at low temperatures as two other units without T-CAP technology, reducing the cost of materials and installation, plus saving space.

The M Series is suitable for installations in individual domestic homes, multifamily or light commercial buildings. Quiet and compact, units are available in a range of capacities from just 9kW right up to 30kW, with the additional option of 300kW in cascade configuration.

Partnerships on smart controls

Panasonic also announced new strategic partnerships with smart control leaders, Tado and Wiser (part of Drayton Controls) to enhance energy management and help cut bills.

The M Series roll-out is underpinned by supply-chain efficiency, says Enrique Vilamitjana, Managing Director of Panasonic Heating Ventilation & Air-Conditioning Europe:

We’ve achieved great success in residential solutions and are now expanding to meet the needs of diverse building types. The heat pumps are also manufactured in Europe, to speed up delivery into the market.

Aftersales servicing across UK

Furthermore, Panasonic is taking steps to answer demand for customer-focused aftersales service, adds Jose Alves, Regional Director for the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands:

We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our Service Partner network, providing Panasonic Aquarea Service+ maintenance packages throughout the UK.

Helping tackle skills shortages in the industry, Panasonic is investing heavily in future HVAC&R engineers, operating four Centres of Excellence, plus its partnerships with 15 FE colleges. A fifth Centre of Excellence has now been planned for 2024/25.