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Refrigeration is now part of our way of life. It has become a "sine qua non" in improving our quality of life. The cooling chain enables the storage, transport and use of food items in ideal hygienic conditions.

R-404A has become one of the most widely used refrigerants, after having been introduced as a replacement for CFC refrigerants such as CFC-12 and CFC-502, and more recently as a replacement for HCFC-22. It is used widely in other commercial systems, for supermarkets, and various industrial refrigeration and for cold storage. However, alternative refrigerants are needed because of high GWP of R-404A.

List of Refrigeration Applications

Applications Short Descriptions Typical Fluorocarbons
Domestic Refrigeration Appliances used for keeping food in dwelling units R-134a
Commercial Refrigeration Holding and displaying frozen and fresh food in retail outlets R-22, R-404A, R-507,
R-134a
Food Processing and Cold Storage Equipment to preserve, process and store food from its source to the wholesale distribution point R-22, R-410A, R-407C,
R-507, R-134a
Industrial Refrigeration Large equipment used for chemical processing, cold storage, food processing and district heating and cooling R-22, R-134a, R-404A,
R-507
Transport Refrigeration Equipment to preserve and store goods, primarily foodstuffs, during transport by road, rail, air and sea R-22, R-410A, R-407C,
R-134a, R-404A