Hydrocarbon refrigerants


NH3-cooled heat pumps ‘outperform’ HFCs

Technology based on natural refrigerant ammonia (NH3) can provide efficient heating and cooling in various heat pump configurations, according to a paper presented by experts from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at last month’s Gustav Lorentzen conference (held on 18-20 June in Valencia, Spain).

JBG-2 plug-in leads ETL list

The latest refrigerated display cabinet from Polish manufacturer JBG-2 has achieved a listing on the UK’s Energy Technology List as the lowest energy multi-deck in its class.

Japanese refrigerated warehouse adopts CO2 condensing units

Signaling the continued advancement of natural refrigerant technology by end users in Japan, leading Japanese refrigerated warehouse company and food sales company Yokohama Reito Co. Ltd. (Yokohama Reito) has installed and commissioned CO2 condensing units and NH3/CO2 cascade systems at its newest facility in Tokyo.

Chemical vs natural refrigerants

In both technical and non-technical literature, fluorine-containing (HFC) refrigerants are increasingly referred to as ‘chemical’ or ‘synthetic’ refrigerants in contrast to the so-called ‘natural’ refrigerants. Generally ‘chemical’ is now seen by some as being ‘bad’ and is contrasted with ‘natural’, which implies ‘good’.

Italy starts EU F-Gas Regulation implementation

On 16 March, the council of ministers of the Italian government on the initiative of the Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the Minister of Environment Gian Luca Galletti, approved a much-awaited preliminary measure to implement the EU F-Gas regulation in Italy (No. 517/2014).