Toshiba Electric Appliances Co., Ltd., Maebashi City, has entered into the "Ecocute"
business. "Ecocute" is a heat pump hot water supplier using CO2 as natural
refrigerant, launching 370 ltr high pressure type semi-auto HPE-FC370C which is
capable of high efficiency operation (yearly average COP higher than 3.0).
In addition to the high efficiency operation mentioned above, the new model is
capable of boiling water up to 90°C without supplementary heater due to adoption
of CO2 as natural refrigerant. The heating capacity is 4.5 kW.
The monthly average running cost has been drastically reduced to about \1,300.
By using only one hot water tank (370 ltr), the HPE-FC370C has realized space
savings with the compact body (only 630 mm wide and 730 mm deep).
Being the semi-auto type, it can supply hot water into the bathtub at a desired
temperature simply by pressing the remote control button. The subsequent hot
water temperature can be also adjusted by the remote controller.
Starting with 1,000 units of sales this year, the company intends to raise the
sales to 3,000 units in RY 2003.