Futraheat’s Innovative Heat Pump Design Steams Ahead With Honeywell Sustainable Technology

Futraheat’s Innovative Heat Pump Design Steams Ahead With Honeywell Sustainable Technology

  • UK-based company to use Honeywell’s Solstice® zd (R-1233zd) for groundbreaking heat pump for waste heat recovery
  • Ultra-low-global-warming-potential (LGWP) solution reduces CO2 emissions, increases energy efficiency
  • Heat pump technology serves as fossil fuel heating alternative to achieve carbon neutral goals

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct. 5, 2021 – Honeywell announced today a collaboration with UK-based company Futraheat, for a revolutionary heat pump technology that aims to help industry radically reduce its carbon emissions cost-effectively.

The company’s TurboClaw steam compressor, the heart of its heat pump design, uses Honeywell’s Solstice® zd (R-1233zd), a non-flammable, ultra-low-global-warming-potential (LGWP) refrigerant replacement for R-123, which has been phased out because of environmental concerns. Futraheat has already received a £500,000 grant from Innovate UK to build a 300 kilowatt TurboClaw demonstrator, which it anticipates trialling in early 2022 for waste heat recovery.

High temperature heat pumps take waste heat and transform it into heat that can be reused, enabling companies to dramatically reduce their energy consumption. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) flagship report, “Net Zero by 2050”, states that heat pumps will be a cornerstone technology for displacing fossil fuel heating to achieve net zero CO2 emissions.

Futraheat’s TurboClaw technology is unique because it can operate at reduced speeds without oil, lowering the manufacturing, operating and heating costs.

“The need for heat is responsible for 70% of industrial energy demand, most of which is generated by gas, and our TurboClaw technology will be the most cost effective, zero-carbon solution to industrial process heating,” said Tom Taylor, CEO and founder, of Futraheat. “Our heat pumps can recover waste heat from as low as 70°C, deliver high grade heat up to 150°C, and operate with modern low global warming potential refrigerants. Using Honeywell’s Solstice zd for the development phase of this project brings us a step closer on delivering on that ambition.”

Futraheat’s heat pump will deliver industry’s higher temperature needs – up to 150°C – thanks to TurboClaw’s innovative design. Benefits include:

·       80% energy reduction

·       25% typical fuel bill reduction

·       Payback in two to three years

·       CO2-free heat when powered by renewable electricity

“Solstice zd is ideal for industrial heat pumps because it is a long-term, environmentally preferable and economical solution that helps producers like Futraheat and their customers maximize energy savings, and reduce carbon emissions,” said Julien Soulet, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products Europe. “The launch of Futraheat’s innovative heat pump TurboClaw technology will truly be a milestone for the industry. The low carbon heat market is at a breakthrough phase and Honeywell’s portfolio of products, legacy of innovation and reputation makes it a partner of choice for companies seeking to bring breakthrough technology to the market.”

Based on hydrofluoro-olefin technology, Solstice zd is non-flammable with a GWP of 1, and offers better capacity and similar efficiency to R-123 in low-pressure centrifugal chillers to cool large buildings and infrastructure, and can be used as a working fluid in high temperature heat pumps.

Honeywell is a world leader in the development, manufacture and supply of refrigerants that are sold worldwide under the Solstice® and Genetron® brand names. They are used for a wide range of applications including refrigeration and air conditioning for buildings and automobiles, heating and cooling by heat pumps and chillers in heat networks, industry and buildings. Honeywell and its suppliers have completed a billion-dollar investment program in research, development, and new capacity for Honeywell’s hydrofluorolefin technology. Worldwide adoption of Solstice products has resulted in the reduction of more than 200 million metric tons of CO2 to date, equal to eliminating the emissions from more than 42 million cars.

Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. About half of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

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