Hydrocarbon Refrigeration Lubricants

Hydrocarbon Refrigerants Offer Very Low GWP

Risk vs. Reward of Hydrocarbons

Hydrocarbon refrigerants are considered lower GWP options for use in refrigeration and air conditioning compressor systems.  Despite their advantages over other refrigerants concerning global warming potential, their flammability properties have raised concerns. In order to guarantee safety, applications using hydrocarbons must follow standards and regulations set by the city, state, and/or region of operation. The risk of explosion only occurs if the concentration is between the lower and upper limits of flammability.

Hydrocarbons, when used responsibly, can be used in a variety of refrigeration and a/c applications. In fact, they have been used as refrigerants for quite some time. Common examples of hydrocarbon refrigerants include R-290 (Propane), R-600a (Iso Butane) and R-1270 (Propylene).  They have excellent thermodynamic properties and are comparable, if not better than, HCF or HCFC refrigerants in similar applications. 

Typical applications for hydrocarbons are:

  • Domestic refrigerators and freezers
  • Bottle coolers
  • Ice cream freezers and commercial freezers
  • Commercial refrigerators
  • Beer coolers
  • Beverage dispensers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Heat pumps
  • Supermarket refrigeration systems
  • Small air conditioners
  • Industrial Refrigeration Applications

Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Lubricant Solutions

CPI’s line of hydrocarbon lubricants have been extensively tested in our laboratories and have proven field performance, as well as OEM approvals. CPI Fluid Engineering is your one-stop shop for all of your lubricant needs in hydrocarbon refrigerant compressor systems. We have lubricants for every application – whether you have a large industrial system or small refrigeration or a/c system.  The Icematic® ECO series, which is aimed at providing lubricant solutions for low GWP refrigerants, offers several options for hydrocarbon refrigeration applications.

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