FCC Project Installs First Ever Transcritical CO2 System in the Philippines

October 17, 2023, Roxas City – a ceremony marking the turnover and installation of the country’s first ever Transcritical CO2 (R744) refrigeration system was conducted in Glacier Panay.

The Transcritical CO system is the first demonstration projects approved under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project. The demo projects seek to establish business cases for using climate and ozone friendly, energy efficient cold chain technologies that reduce costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission while ensuring food safety and security in the country. It provides up to 80% subsidy for energy efficient and climate-friendly cold chain refrigeration technologies. 

The Transcritical CO2 system includes a 34kW (9.7TR)-capacity Super Green CO2 condensing unit from Japanese manufacturer Nihon Netsugen System, a gas cooler and two 18kW (5.1TR) evaporators from German manufacturer Güntner. This will increase Glacier Panay’s pallet position by 500, from 1,344 to 1,844 (approx. 1.38 Million in kg). 

Located in the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”, Glacier Panay’s strategic position helps the local economy by enabling the participation of local seafood producers to national and international value chain through its cold chain services. It has 11 facilities in the country that run mostly on ammonia (R717) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) based refrigeration systems. The company is setting its direction towards more sustainable technologies aligned with government policies on HCF phasedown.

Through the FCC project, Glacier Panay will receive training and further support from the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub, the project’s central ecosystem of technical resources, training, knowledge sharing and stakeholder collaboration, located at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex in Taguig City.