Explaining Ammonia Refrigeration

Explaining Ammonia Refrigeration

Ammonia refrigeration is a cost-efficient way to comply with industry standards and keep your products and goods at an optimum temperature. But which system should you consider? Brandt is here to help explain which system you need.

Uses and Benefits of Ammonia Refrigeration

Industrial refrigeration systems that use ammonia are common for cold food storage facilities, beverage production, and dairy and food processing. Ammonia is a gas that’s released into the atmosphere naturally. With an ozone depletion rating of zero and a global warming potential of less than one, using an ammonia system for your industrial business is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly solution.

Using an ammonia refrigeration system to keep cold food and beverages at optimal temperature is a best practice solution. This natural gas can absorb large amounts of heat as it evaporates, resulting in the purchase of smaller parts and components for your refrigeration system.

Here are some more details about how ammonia refrigeration can benefit your industrial business:

  • Energy Efficiency
    • Ammonia’s properties make it a perfect solution for industrial refrigeration systems. Its cooling capacity is more significant than other refrigerants, resulting in using less gas than halocarbon to get the job done right.
  • Easily Detectable Fumes
    • While ammonia fumes are toxic, they are easier to detect compared to other gases. You can easily detect the distinct smell of ammonia in the unlikely event of an ammonia leak. Ammonia is a relatively safe, industrial gas to work with. However, proper training should be conducted before benefiting from it.
  • Cost-Effective
    • Businesses that use industrial cooling or chilling equipment save a lot of money with ammonia refrigeration due to its efficient refrigerant properties, which often results in a 15% cost savings in large operations. Ammonia is readily available and inexpensive, adding to its cost-effectiveness.
  • Environmentally Friendly
    • The solution of ammonia as a refrigerant may have the potential to be toxic, but its use doesn’t harm the environment. When ammonia is released into the atmosphere, it rises rapidly because it’s lighter than air. It only takes a few days for ammonia to decompose, releasing nitrogen in the process.

Single-Stage Industrial Refrigeration Systems

The most simple system for smaller-scale industrial businesses, a single-stage ammonia refrigeration system operates by using a compressor, the heart of the system that pumps the ammonia refrigerant around the system to provide the cooling.

Two-Stage Industrial Refrigeration Systems

Suitable for larger-scale industrial businesses that require lower temperature refrigeration, the two-stage ammonia refrigeration system provides high efficiency and low compressor discharge temperatures. This system stage also uses a compressor, along with other components, for ammonia to flow efficiently throughout the system, resulting in a cost-effective cooling solution.

Cascade Industrial Refrigeration Systems

Finally, the cascade industrial refrigeration system follows a complex design capable of supporting an industrial need for a variety of temperature ranges for cooling loads, resulting in an inexpensive way to comply with health, safety, and environmental regulations. The cascade system consists of two or more separate refrigeration circuits and uses a variety of refrigerants to provide a cooling effect. Equipped with two compressors that circulate refrigerants around separate circuits, the system’s capabilities allow for less ammonia to be used, making it even more efficient than a two-stage, ammonia only industrial refrigeration system.

Choose Brandt for Your Ammonia Refrigeration System

Our industrial refrigeration systems and services are sought after by some of the most prominent industrial businesses on the market. Brandt’s full-line of services include design, installation, and maintenance for your industrial refrigeration system. After you schedule your free, on-site consultation, our team of expert engineers design and build a customized system for your business. You can choose between either ammonia refrigeration or a Freon system. Additionally, we offer refrigeration piping fabrication and installation services.

24/7 Service and Remote Monitoring

Rest assured that your industrial refrigeration system runs at optimum performance with our regular maintenance services and 24-hour support. Brandt’s remote monitoring service includes a detailed preventative maintenance plan. That way, our team catches potential issues before they impact your business.

Certified and Qualified

Brandt’s ammonia refrigeration technicians are licensed and equipped to handle refrigerant handling and recovery. If you’re considering implementing an industrial refrigeration system for your business’s cooling needs, count on Brandt to deliver a reliable, efficient system for your business. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.