The Courchesne Larose warehouse was recently visited by journalists from R744.com, a website dedicated to news from the world of refrigeration and heating with CO2. This virtual community is an international benchmark for experts in the field.
The R744.com envoys were interested in the refrigeration system with ammonia / CO2 installed by the specialists at Carnot Refrigeration at this Quebec company, a major player in the industry of fresh fruits and vegetables. With 9,300 square meters of floor surface and 12-metre high ceilings, the Courchesne Larose warehouse welcomes 2,000 tons of food daily. Room temperatures vary from 0 o to 15 o Celsius.
Courchesne Larose enlisted the services of Carnot Refrigeration to develop a refrigeration system that is on the cutting edge of technology, with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact of their operations and reducing operating costs. This innovative system has also been talked about in the Guide 2013: Natural Refrigerants - Market Growth for North America, where it was cited as a model case.
I must be said that the NH3/CO2 technology developed by Carnot Refrigeration has many advantages. It completely eliminates the use of HCFCs and HFCs, a significant asset considering growing environmental concerns. In addition, the space required for this equipment is less than with conventional systems. Finally, another major advantage of such a facility, as noted by R744.com, is that it can generate major savings in heating costs. Indeed, the system recovers heat from CO2 compressors and uses it to heat the facility. This eliminates the need to add other additional heating systems on site.