The R134a market in Europe is set to undergo an inevitable decline from 1st January 2017 following regulatory changes affecting fluorinated gases for automotive air conditioning taking effect on that date. In this sharply declining market, Arkema has decided to put forward to the Central Works Council today a project for the closure of the R134a fluorogas plant at its Pierre-Bénite site (France). This proposed closure would not result in any redundancies.
Two U.S. supermarkets that use ammonia/CO2 cascade refrigeration systems – a Whole Foods Market and a Piggly Wiggly – received the GreenChill Award for “Best of the Best” certified stores from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership.
In the largest HFO chiller installation of its kind in the world, Trane CenTraVac’s using R1233zd(E) will replace the existing R22 chillers serving the Channel Tunnel.
France’s HFC phase-down obligations under the EU’s F-Gas Regulation are helping to increase uptake of ammonia refrigeration technologies in industrial applications.
US retailer Piggly Wiggly has recorded energy savings averaging 28.5% over a seven-month period in a Georgia store, thanks mainly to its NH3/CO2 refrigeration system.
French firm Atlantic Compressors is delivering an NH3-CO2 cascade system to serve the cooling needs of a distribution centre for one of France’s main supermarket chains. The system will be up and running next month.
Emerson Climate Technologies has released three new digital scroll compressors, extending its Summit K5E series to 15hp.
A Waitrose supermarket is said to be achieving refrigeration energy savings of nearly 7% following the replacement of R404A with a new HFO-based blend.
In UK, Space Engineering has launched a new CO2-based integrated refrigeration system which is said to offer the possibility of impressive energy and financial savings for convenience stores.
Experts attending the 2016 Gustav Lorentzen conference this week were optimistic that China’s HCFC phase-out plan will trigger wider uptake of natural refrigerants across the Asian powerhouse.
Danish manufacturer Advansor is working on the biggest CO2 industrial refrigeration system known in the world in a lettuce plant in the Netherlands.
A new energy efficiency network within the global retail giant Metro Group is translating into a strong commitment to natural refrigerants.
USA: A 48-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison and a fine of over $29,000 for the illegal venting of refrigerant.
The Zanesville Times reports that Shannon Wayne Harrold, 48, of Glenford, Ohio, was sentenced yesterday to 54 months in prison and ordered to pay $29,045 in restitution for violating the Clean Air Act by cutting the tubing on air conditioning units he was stealing, which released R22 into the environment.
French supermarket chain Carrefour is claiming average energy savings of over 45% compared to HFC systems in trials carried out in high ambients.
Papers are being sought for a conference focused on energy and indoor air quality in humid and arid hot climates.
‘Advanced Cooling’, launched last weekend at the Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco, challenges governments and businesses to develop and use efficient, smart, affordable and climate-friendly cooling technologies.
Commercial CO2 refrigeration systems guide for subcritical and transcritical CO2 applications. Emerson climate technologies
CO2 is termed a “Natural Refrigerant” because it exists in the natural environment. Release into the atmosphere from refrigeration systems has a negligible effect compared to other CO2 sources that are driving the global warming debate. As a refrigerant, it is a manufactured product that conforms to strict purity specifications. Its physical properties require special handling.
Independent tests are said to have proven the energy saving capabilities of Adande’s Aircell air flow management system.