Industrial refrigeration systems primarily use ammonia as a refrigerant. Ammonia is 100% natural, does not harm the environment and is the most efficient refrigerant available.
Discovery Designs Refrigeration is a full-service refrigeration company with the knowledge and experience to handle all of your ammonia refrigerant needs throughout the Midwest in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and beyond.
Ammonia has been established as the refrigerant of choice in the food preservation business due to its unmatched thermodynamic properties. The growing concern for environmental impact and F-gas regulation has pushed refrigeration technicians towards natural alternatives like ammonia and carbon dioxide refrigerants.
The typical industrial refrigeration system is a vapor-compression refrigerator. A refrigerant is charged with the responsibility of moving heat energy from one place to another. The refrigerant is a vapor most of the time but is periodically compressed to become a liquid, then allowed to expand back into vapor. The compression/expansion process lowers and raises the temperature of the refrigerant.
Coordinate this process perfectly in a controlled system and you master temperature. It’s what we’re all about.
The physical properties of the refrigerant determine the temperature ranges and pressures in the system. Ammonia’s unique properties make it an ideal refrigerant for large industrial refrigeration systems.
Ammonia occurs naturally in the environment as a bacteria in water and soil before it is released into the air as vapors which dissipate and react with moisture. As a result, ammonia is considered to be one of the most environmentally-safe refrigerants available to the public. It has both a GWP (Global Warming Potential) and ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) equal to zero.
Ammonia refrigeration systems are considered by industry experts to be the safest and most sustainable refrigeration choice available. An industrial ammonia refrigeration system uses a combination of NH3 and CO2 gases and can be up to 20% more efficient than similar systems.
Ammonia gas and ammonia liquid require smaller diameter pipes than other types of chemical refrigerants, allowing these refrigeration systems to fit into smaller areas of buildings and warehouses. Smaller pipes also mean better and more efficient heat transfer.
Unlike other types of refrigerants, ammonia has superior thermodynamic qualities. As a result, ammonia refrigeration systems require less area for heat transfer. That means less electricity—and lower costs.
In most countries, the cost of ammonia per kilogram is lower than other types of refrigerants, helping you save money on materials. Ammonia refrigerant’s thermodynamic qualities result in less heat transfer, lowering your overall electric bill.
Our team has the experience to design, build and service ammonia industrial refrigeration systems of any size. Our refrigeration professionals are trained to safely handle ammonia and keep your system running at peak efficiency. Our construction crews are safety trained, welders are certified and foremen have the experience to get the job done on schedule and within budget.
All chemicals are dangerous when mishandled; ammonia is no different. With proper maintenance practices, DDRef's custom commercial refrigeration systems are the safest available, keeping you and your employees working hard with no setbacks.
For a more comprehensive breakdown of the benefits and shortcomings of ammonia refrigeration, see our Ammonia vs. CO2 Refrigeration page.
Discovery Designs Refrigeration knows exactly how your refrigeration system works. It’s all we do. With over 20 years of experience performing design, construction, and installation of highly complex refrigeration systems, we create systems with seamless, cost-effective operation.
Don’t risk throwing away hundreds and thousands of dollars on contractors who aren’t familiar with your equipment. Indecisiveness and errors increase downtime and drain your revenue. Trust our ammonia refrigeration experts to build intelligent systems to keep your operations smooth and cool.
Nationwide ammonia commercial refrigeration services from our home office in Mukwonago (between Milwaukee and Madison), Wisconsin. Drawing clients from places including, but not limited to: