Most Energy Efficient Performance in Ultra-Low Temperature Technology on Exhibit at I2SL, Boston

October 16, 2017
Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America

Wood Dale, IL, October 16, 2017 – Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America is exhibiting the ENERGY STAR® Certified, 25.7 cu.ft. -86°C ultra-low temperature freezer at the I2SL Annual Conference, October 16-18, 2017, Boston Marriott Copley Place, exhibit booth 24. Marketed as the VIP® ECO Model MDF-DU702VH-PA, the freezer is designed and independently verified to deliver the industry's most energy efficient performance.

Panasonic Healthcare claims are based on third-party testing at time of submission, using an air-cooled refrigeration system with standard features. Test results are available on the ENERGY STAR website at, Certification Number 4787624501.

Successful development of the VIP ECO is based on long-awaited guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting forth criteria upon which ENERGY STAR Certification is written. In a summary of key metrics critical to facility managers focused on total life-cycle costs and long-term energy savings, the VIP ECO outperforms competitive freezers in areas of power consumption, interior temperature uniformity and temperature recovery after door openings.

VIP ECO performance yields an ENERGY STAR composite power consumption rating ~ -75°C of 7.87 kWh at 6x door openings per day, and 7.30 kWh at zero door openings per day.

Summary Results, Independent Testing, Factory Testing for BTU/Hour, 24°C Ambient, Air-Cooled System

Energy Consumption
  • -70°C   6.19 kWh zero openings, 6.72 kWh six openings
  • -80°C   8.40 kWh zero openings, 9.0 kWh six openings

Interior Temperature Uniformity Average
  • -70°C   ~1.95°C
  • -80°C   ~2.67°C

Recovery After Door Opening
  • -70°C   8 minutes
  • -80°C   8 minutes

BTU/Hour, Factory Tests
  • -70°C   810
  • -80°C   1109

According to Steven Lynum, Senior Vice President, Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America, the effort to bring transparency into the ultra-low temperature freezer market has taken years to emerge and continues to evolve.

"We thank the EPA for allowing us to play a part since the beginning of the criteria development," says Lynum. "The industry will now be accountable for not only performance claims, but also the impact on reliability and true sustainability. The Panasonic Healthcare variable speed cascade refrigeration platform with natural refrigerants now presents sustainable solutions to a market in critical need for performance and dependability in addition to energy efficiency. Our customers have always known that our freezers perform exactly as advertised; and now we advertise it as the world’s most energy efficient ULT as per the EPA's current website listing. We will always view this commitment to the customer as a social responsibility."

In addition to the VIP ECO, selected Panasonic Healthcare ENERGY STAR Certified high performance undercounter refrigerators and freezers are among the highest rated in their class for energy efficiency in lab grade storage.

About PHC Corporation of North America
PHC Corporation of North America, located in Wood Dale, IL, is a leader in laboratory equipment for the biopharmaceutical, life sciences, academic, healthcare and government markets. Product lines under the PHCbi brand include the space saving and energy efficient VIP® ECO and TwinGuard® ultra-low temperature freezers, cryogenic and biomedical freezers, pharmacy and high-performance refrigerators, cell culture CO2 and multigas incubators, and Drosophila/plant growth chambers. PHC Corporation of North America is a subsidiary of PHC Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, which is a global healthcare company that develops, manufactures, sells, and services solutions across diabetes management, healthcare solutions, diagnostics and life sciences.