Green Japanese Technology: Newly Installed in North America

Research Collaboration Expects 20 to 50 Percent Energy Savings

MOBILE, Ala. (July 18, 2016) -- CIMCO Refrigeration Inc., Southern California Edison (SCE) and Mayekawa Manufacturing Company are collaborating to develop, build, install, and research natural alternatives to chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants. The team recently installed a novel, high-efficiency industrial refrigeration system at a food manufacturing facility in Irvine, Calif., that caters to Japanese restaurants. Researchers expect the system to provide a 20 to 50 percent energy savings and be less impactful to the environment.

The NewTon refrigeration system uses ammonia and CO2, two natural refrigerants, to achieve a higher level of efficiency and energy savings than normal refrigeration systems on the market today. Mayekawa will monitor the refrigeration system in real time for the operator. SCE will gather and analyze the performance data on both the NewTon and the existing refrigeration system which can alternate operation at the Imuraya USA plant, which manufactures desserts for Japanese restaurants.

Mayekawa’s existing research shows that ice arenas achieved an average of 50 percent reduction in energy; cold storage facilities showed an average energy reduction of 27.8 percent; and freezers at processing plants showed an average reduction of 20 percent of electricity consumption, using the novel refrigeration system.

Jose Mergulhao, CIMCO VP of US Operations, oversaw the installation, which was completed in late June. “Reducing the carbon footprint and decreasing overall energy consumption is of significant value to commercial and industrial consumers and to the surrounding electric grid, especially during times of peak demand and warm, summer days,” he said.

The team expects to complete its research on the novel refrigeration system by the end of 2016 and will issue its first update in early 2017.

CIMCO Refrigeration Inc. ( , headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is owned by Toromont Industries, Ltd., (TSX:TIH) and specializes in the engineering, design, manufacture, installation and service of industrial, process cooling and recreational refrigeration systems. For more than 100 years, CIMCO’s leadership and unparalleled research, development and manufacturing programs has put it at the forefront of industry advancements and technological breakthroughs.

Mayekawa Manufacturing Company ( has expanded its business by focusing on freezing and compression technologies since its establishment in 1924. It is one of the most advanced companies in manufacturing industrial refrigeration compressors. As a thermal engineering company, Mayekawa has long contributed to providing business solutions to its customer based on these technologies, and in turn continuously evolved its technology and services. The company has expanded its capability by combining research and development and manufacturing understanding in order to cope with a wider and deeper range of problems that confront customers in the 21st century.

Imuraya USA, Inc. ( Imuraya USA, Inc. is a group company of Imuraya Group Co., Ltd, that is a leading manufacturing company in Japan with over 120 years of history in creating unique and healthy Japanese style confectioneries. In 2009, Imuraya USA, Inc. was established in Irvine, California to fulfill the vision to become a food manufacturer that brings delicious and healthy food to the US market by producing Mochi Ice Cream, Ice Cream, Azuki filling and Japanese Mochi confectioneries.
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