The project marks the first time that the fast food chain is using CO2 for its refrigeration needs – and it has ordered more.
Burger King CO2Y installation in Orense, Spain. Credit: Carrier
U.S. fast food chain Burger King has chosen Green & Cool’s natural refrigerant CO2Y system as preferred condensing units for its restaurants in Spain. It marks the first time that Burger King has used CO2 and it has since ordered more.
“Over the last few months, we installed and tested 10 CO2Y systems in our Spanish restaurants,” confirmed Borja Hernández de Alba, General Director of Burger King Spain and Portugal. “We have been convinced by this new technology, which has a much lower environmental impact. This aligns with our sustainability values, thus we decided to order another 30 units that will be installed in the coming months in Spain.”
The project was led by Frimatec, the official contractor of Burger King restaurants in Spain. “It was challenging to find the right refrigeration solution that combines natural refrigerant and efficiency on small formats within high temperatures,” said José Antonio Zafra, Chairman, Frimatec. “After testing Green & Cool CO2Y solutions, we were totally satisfied by the performance and the compact design of the product.”
Green & Cool is a part of U.S. HVAC provider Carrier and its CO2Y system is designed to be quiet and environmentally sustainable with a CO2 transcritical condensing unit within a compact design, according to a recent press release from Carrier. “It is an ideal fit for providing high refrigeration output in small formats and even in a high ambient country,” stated Carrier. “For this reason, the CO2Y solution is now the preferred condensing units for Burger King and will be implemented for new restaurants and restaurants remodeling in Spain.”
“CO2Y systems are the ideal solution for small businesses that want to use natural refrigerant solutions with optimized energy efficiency,” added Micael Antonsson, Industry Segment Director for Green & Cool. “The units are specially designed for outdoor installation, on a roof for example, with simple installation that requires less piping. Plus, it offers superior lifetime economy and high reliability.”
Spain has a warm climate throughout the year with temperatures reaching above 40°C (104°F) and so having the right and reliable refrigeration solution was essential. “The CO2Y is designed to operate in warm ambient conditions,” explained Aline Lucas of Carrier Commercial Refrigeration’s media department. The system is using components that can handle 80 bar service pressure and it can operate with ambient temperatures reaching up to 43°C (109.4°F).