The first store in Russia on a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system uses FREOR equipment


Last year Russian retailer Magnit has opened several new stores. However, one object in Voskresensk, a city near Moscow, is very special and iconic – the first hypermarket in Russia using a transcritical booster refrigeration system on the natural CO2 refrigerant.

FREOR contributed to the project by providing refrigeration equipment, manufactured in company’s branch plant in Belarus.


Why CO2?

“In our company, the key factors in choosing a technical solution for a new store are the quality and reliability of equipment, minimum energy consumption, compliance with the latest environmental standards. The choice in favor of a transcriptional booster-refrigerating machine using CO2 was made thanks to its low power consumption, compactness, decrease in the amount of refrigerant, and environmental friendliness of carbon dioxide. We expect a 20% reduction in the average annual energy consumption of the refrigeration system due to the use of a transcritical refrigerating CO2 plant.”, says Andrey Budkov, project manager for the introduction of the CO2 for Magnit retail network.


Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a natural, safe and inexpensive refrigerant; it provides high performance, low energy consumption, exceptional heat recovery potential, allows reducing the material consumption of the refrigeration system. Due to its physical properties, pipelines of a significantly smaller diameter are required compared to a similar system working on HFC refrigerant (for example, R404A). In addition, CO2 has a low global warming potential (GWP = 1) and does not affect the Earth’s ozone layer (ODP = 0), which allows it to meet the most modern environmental requirements.

“In Russia, we are witnessing a growing interest in natural refrigerants, and especially in CO2. We believe that each year the number of new objects operating on transcritical systems will grow rapidly.“, says Alexander Seravin, leading specialist in CO2 technologies, Danfoss Russia. Danfoss took part in the design of the system, its testing and commissioning.

FREOR Green Wave CO2 Equipment for Magnit in Russia

Magnit is one of the few Russian networks that pay great attention to innovation and energy efficiency, understanding that optimizing operating expenses is an integral part of business success.

FREOR has designed a range of Green Wave CO2 refrigeration equipment adapted to operate on CO2 in remote systems, that are manufactured in company’s plants in Lithuania and Belarus. In Magnit hypermarket there were over 22 units of multidecks and serve-over counters by FREOR Green Wave CO2 Line installed.


“At the very beginning of the project, we spoke in its support. In the European countries, the demand for CO2 equipment is growing every day and this is due both to legislation and the benefits of carbon dioxide technology over HFCs. Already now we offer a wide range of commercial refrigeration equipment suitable for use with CO2 system produced in our plant in Belarus. The difference in the cost of equipment operating on CO2 and on HFCs is negligible, which allows the innovative technology to be competitive with traditional systems.“, says Lyudmila Danyuk, deputy director, FREOR Belarus.

More information on Green Refrigeration Equipment by FREOR you can find here:  Green Refrigeration Equipment by FREOR



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