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In digital scroll compressors, the motor runs continuously at full speed, and the capacity of the

compressor is adjusted by a digitally controlled mechanical unloader (slide bar) which adjusts the
vertical positioning of the orbital scroll with respect to the fixed scroll thereby reducing its capacity.
In inverter scroll compressors, the relative positions of the scrolls does not change, but the speed of
the motor is adjusted by a variable speed drive, which adjusts the capacity.
The inverter scroll compressor is more energy efficient at part load conditions than a comparable
digital scroll compressor. The digital scroll compressor will more closely match a specified load, but
is not as energy efficient as a comparable inverter driven compressor. Both types of compressors
have associated built-in mechanisms to maintain compressor lubrication at low flow.

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The frequency inverter drive controls the voltage and AC frequency supplied to the
compressor motor. By that way, the motor's speed and the mass flow are reduced according
to the heat load.
The digital scroll has a kind of clutching system piloted by a solenoid valve. The capacity
reduction is achieved by modulating this solenoid with a PWM controller. If 70% of capacity
is required, 70% of the time the compressor will be in full load and 30% it will be stopped.
I believe some of the advantages of the digital scroll comparing to the inverter drive are:

No mass flow reduction. The system operates only with full flow or no flow.
Don't have to deal with oil return issues,
Simpler system. The inverter is a power device subject to electrical noise,
heating, overtension, high current, etc... It has huges rectifying capacitors,
IGBTs and sensitives control boards that can fail.

I don't know if the modulation of the mass flow has effect with the refrigeration accessories,
mainly in the TXV. I never used this kind of compressor, but the idea looks great.

I install alot of digital scroll ducted units made by an Australian company. Nice and simple
without all the multiple pc boards, etc involved with inverter systems. Load is varied via an
unloading solenoid on the compressor so in the worst case if need be it can be disconnected
to run at 100%.
It is not exactly like that.
Every compressor has motor that need to overcame the reaction force of compression.
So, if inverter compressor could deliver 10TR at 90 Hz and 7 TR at 60Hz than his motor

must be of same power as one of digital scroll of 10 TR at fixed speed (60Hz).


Also, capacity variations on inverter is from 30% (very inefficient - low COP) to 130% of
nominal capacity at 60Hz (again, with lower efficiency than at 100% load).
Digital scroll can vary his capacity from 10% to 100% of nominal capacity.
Converted in refrigeration capacity, Inverter of 10TR maximum capacity, can vary his
delivery from 2.1 TR to 10TR. Digital Scroll of 10TR can vary his delivery from 1TR to 10TR.
It is obvious from above that Digital scroll has broader range of capacity variation.
Now question is how efficient is one in comparison to other at various loads.
The most efficient is compressor whose motor is optimized for one condition. That is fixed
speed compressor at full load and design conditions.
Every move from that point mean, that motor is over-sized or under-sized, and that his
efficiency is not any more at maximum.

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You obviously don't know much about electrical motors and digital scroll compressors.
First, contrary of what you are saying above, every electrical motor, when is not loaded,
pulls less current than when it is loaded. Hence, digital scroll power consumption falls when
is unloaded to 10% that of full load capacity.
Second, inverter loss accounts for approximately 15% of total power consumption.
Inefficient hot gas bypass method must be used for low capacities. Liquid injection must be
used under conditions of high ambient temperature.
And last, compressor have optimum performance only on one speed, and other speeds are
less efficient, hence, in practice are at VRF/VRV multiple compressor setups of which one is
inverter and others are fix speed as optimum solution rather then one bigger inverter
compressor (what would be cheaper).
To add to that, inverter system can run at high frequencies for only short period of time
since this increases both oil circulation rate and the motor temperature.

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