Bryan Kilgore, ERS, for Zondits. Image credit: Scarsdale Patch
The DeCicco & Sons grocery store chain has joined the small group of early adopters in the U.S. to have installed transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems in their stores vs. a traditional hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) system. HFC refrigerants such as R-134A have over 1,000 times the global warming impact compared to CO2. This has led to a growing interest in CO2 refrigeration systems along with many other new refrigeration technologies.
DeCicco & Sons’ newest store in Larchmont, NY, is equipped with the Advansor CO2 Booster system by Hillphoenix and has earned a Platinum GreenChill, the highest sustainability award given by the Environmental Protection Agency for grocery stores. Additional details about DeCicco & Sons’ path to implementing a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system can be found in the article “DeCicco’s Bold Move” in the October 2015 issue of Accelerate America, a magazine focusing on natural refrigerants.
Although the U.S. is late to the game, the adoption of transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems is steadily growing. Hannaford Bros. installed the first grocery store transcritical refrigeration system in the U.S. in 2013. As of July 2015, that number grew to seventeen systems from many grocery store chains and a few independent stores across the country. DeCicco & Sons, along with all the early adopters, is paving the way to show that transcritical CO2 refrigeration is a realistic and viable option.