ICS urges manufacturers to update cooling systems before legislation changes

Published: 11-Jul-2017

ICS Cool Energy, a temperature control solutions provider, recommends that British manufacturers upgrade process cooling systems in the run up to planned changes to the Ecodesign Directive, which come into effect from 1 January 2018

The Ecodesign design directive, which governs all energy related products including chillers and industrial coolers, is set to impose strict new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for industrial process cooling systems from the start of 2018.

The new benchmark for an industrial process chiller will be its Seasonal Energy Performance Ratios (SEPR). Minimum SEPRs, which is calculated as the ratio between the annual refrigeration demand and its annual electricity consumption.

Richard Metcalfe, Sales Director at ICS Cool Energy, said: “The upcoming changes to the Ecodesign Directive outlines stringent new minimum SEPRs for process cooling equipment, which many manufacturers may not be aware of.

"For example, a high temperature air-cooled chiller with a power rating of <400kW must have an SEPR of 4.5 and those with a power rating >400kW will need to have an SEPR of 5. Come January 2021, these requirements will become even tighter, changing to minimum SEPRs of 5 and 5.5 respectively.

“As such, many of the industrial cooling products currently in operation today will not meet the 2018 requirements. While manufacturers are not obliged to remove pre-existing non-compliant chillers, the long-term cost of running them is likely to be far greater than investing in a high-efficiency solution given the energy savings it is likely to bring.”

The legislative changes will outline the new minimum requirements, with products most likely to impact manufacturers falling into Lot 1 (refrigeration and freezing equipment, including medium and low-temperature process chillers and condensing units) and Lot 21 (high-temperature process chillers and condensing units).

Process cooling and refrigeration systems currently typically account for 60% of a plant’s total life cycle cost, inefficient chillers can contribute to highly inflated utility bills, which will ultimately impact on the company’s bottom line.

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