Panasonic has unveiled the next generation of its gas-driven VRF heat pump, aimed at providing a comprehensive heating, cooling and hot water solution for large-scale commercial projects.
The company says use of a gas-driven engine reduces the consumption of electricity to just 9% of an equivalent-sized electricity-powered VRF solution, making it ideal for projects where there are restrictions to the power supply, enabling the building’s power supply to be used for other critical infrastructure such IT servers, commercial refrigeration and other building services. The GHP runs on either natural gas or LPG and a single-phase power supply, which reduces the capital cost required to upgrade power substations to run heating and cooling systems.
The GE3 range boasts 100% heating capacity and DHW at temperatures as low as -20°C without requiring a defrost process. Multiple units can be combined in configurations up to 60 HP.
The seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) has increased to over 1.9 and the seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) has also increased to above 1.3. The GE3 series features a number of technical innovations, including a redesigned fan, a new type of heat exchanger and larger engine pulley, which deliver more powerful and efficient performance, reduce electricity consumption even further and better partial load control.
Since the first GHP unit was introduced in 1985, Panasonic has sold more than 200,000 units.