A lower flammability refrigerant with a GWP of 146 developed by Honeywell has been selected by Central England Co-operative for a trial at a community food store in Tamworth.
The Airedale Group has announced the acquisition of Flowrite Refrigeration as part of a move to expands it capabilities to offer an end-to-end facilities management service for customers that will now include cooing functions.
Legislation that seeks to phase out HFC use in favour of alternative refrigerants has been proposed by a bipartisan group of politicians serving in the US House of Representatives.
European countries have so far failed to outline designated strategies to realise sustainable cooling that also factors in the importance of energy efficiency, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) has argued.
Now that the F-Gas ban on servicing larger systems with virgin refrigerants with GWP of 2500 or above has come into force, reclaimed refrigerant is the best option for customers still needing higher-GWP gases, says distributor A-Gas.
An in-depth look at the winner of RAC’s Cooling Industry Business of the Year prize and calls to forge closer links with the heating sector to address significant mutual challenges around the environment are a key focus of January’s magazine.
Inflexion, the mid-market private equity investor is the new funder of Aspen Pumps Group, replacing 3i, which acquired the company in 2015 and has tripled its revenue in the intervening four years.
Deal will add to low-GWP refrigerant
Refrigerant manufacturer says move will support F-Gas market transition
The construction sector must ensure strong political pressure is in place to realise sustainable buildins commitments made in this year’s General Election, several trade bodies have argued.
An EU-funded project to support the uptake of climate friendly cooling and heating alternatives in smaller-scale retail is seeking respondents for an international survey to better understand the opportunities and key drivers at present to move to new solutions.
Daikin’s Karen Perry has been appointed the new chairperson of the Institute of Refrigeration’s (IOR) Women in RACHP Network.
Construction group falls into administration, leaving HVAC supply chain fearing further risk of losses
The latest digital edition of RAC Magazine takes a detailed look at the broad range of approaches and technologies that have been selected to compete for the Global Cooling Prize.
The UK’s first refrigeration compressor dismantling facility has been installed at Environcom’s recycling plant in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Freezing in liquid nitrogen has potential to save ‘thousands of pounds’
A fifth consecutive year of growth in the value of the global air-conditioning market is expected over the course of 2019, according to recent industry analysis from BSRIA.
The future of the UK cooling sector is inextricably linked with the heating industry and many of the training and environmental challenges faced in the drive to decarbonisation, a panel of industry experts have said during the latest BESA National Conference.
Greater consideration of cooling system performance and energy efficiency should be made in the retail sector alongside the drive to make use of lower-GWP refrigerant, the latest RAC Magazine webinar has heard.
The backers of the Global Cooling Prize have announced the eight finalists who will compete for the top prize of one million dolllars. Runners up will meanwhile compete for prizes worth a further $2 million in total. Entrants were assessed on their technology’s ability to offer at least five times lower climate impact than that of the baseline AC unit of a 5.3 kW fixed speed split AC unit with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 3.5 and using R410A refrigerant with a GWP of 2088.
The finalists for the Global Cooling Prize reveal a diverse range of approaches to reducing carbon output
Cross Rental Services Group has acquired Swegon Hire UK.
Networked cooling systems, paired with energy storage technology and renewable power are seen as vital steps to becoming a more sustainable sector
RAC’s Cooling Business of the Year award is unique in that it seeks to recognise firms as businesses, looking at how they develop their staff; their work in the community; their efforts at compliance and raising standards; alongside innovation, project and customer service.
This month’s issue considers the cooling industry’s progress in trying to meet the demands of F-Gas regulation and the Montreal Protocol, as well as the major barriers and opportunities ahead.
Montreal Protocol parties to discuss sustainable cold chain, global HFC phasedown and rise in R11 emissions
Meeting in Rome this week (4-8 November) will consider what actions should be taken to build on Kigali Amendment to reduce global warming
New bipartisan legislation proposed in the US will attempt to introduce a national phasedown schedule to support the cooling industry to switch to lower GPW products from using HFC refrigerant.
Cool for School will seek to get Key Stage 3 pupils involved in refrigeration experiments
The industry’s calls to define a clear direction for leaving the EU, while fully avoiding the ‘worst case-scenario’ of a no-deal withdrawal will continue for at least several more months with an additional New Year Brexit extension agreed and a General Election set for 12 December.
More must be done to simplify the process of supporting companies to switch to lower GWP, lower flammability A2L refrigerant, as has already been seen with other alternative gas products used in cooling, an industry expert has warned.
Retailer Central England Co-operative has partnered with Chemours on a live trial of the very-low-GWP HFO, R454C, at its new convenience store at Langley Park, Derbyshire.
RAC Magazine will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 14 November focused on implementing lower flammability A2L HFO refrigerant blends in supermarkets.
A need to balance increasing demand for cooling functions with more sustainable products and systems, as well as ensuring sufficient skills are introduced and retained across the industry, have been identified among AREA’s key objectives up to 2025.
Day-long event will help contractors understand handling and standards
Several dozen members of the US Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) are pushing for fresh federal legislation that would re-establish work to phase down the use of HFCs at a national level.
Diverse manufacturer GEA said it is exploring a possible sale of GEA Bock as part of the group’s continued focus on its strategic core markets – the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
AREA will this week set out its Vision 2025 strategy that will take a medium-term view of key challenges informing the organisation’s work.
Efforts to tackle overheating via passive design principles is among the focuses of new guidance for planning authorities to consider how buildings can be more sustainable, safer and better meet local priorities.
R454A system in Trafford Park store claims efficiency improvement over natural alternatives
A new survey looking to better understand attitudes towards women in the cooling sector, and how the industry can be made more appealing to a wider number of people with different backgrounds has been launched.
Manufacturers’ body publishes safe handling guidance for use of flammables in compression refrigeration circuits
This year’s 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards saw a host of innovations and initiatives being recognised by our judges, such as a retail project by Aldi to limit greenhouse gas emissions from its estate and AI solutions that can control and predict thermal behaviour in buildings.
Bitzer has signed a five-year collaboration agreement with shipbuilding specialist Fassmer which will see the two companies develop natural refrigeration systems based on carbon dioxide and Rankine Cycle technology, with organic rankine cycle systems providing energy from waste refrigeration heat.
Climalife has announced a new safety campaign for refrigeration engineers outlining basic handling tips during their work.
BESA president John Norfolk has said specialists working across the HVACR sector are facing a “perfect storm” of political and economic challenges moving into 2020 and beyond.
A predicted tripling of heat-related deaths in the UK over the next 30 years will require a drastic rethink of overheating in buildings and cooling provision in urban areas, a parliamentary select committee has warned.
Challenges posed by changes to product labelling that will impact refrigerants, as well as upheaval facing the cooling sector due to climate change, will be among key topics at the upcoming BESA National Conference.
Mitsubishi Electric has said that lower flammability R32 refrigerant will remain a vital solution to help industry curb its environmental footprint up until at least the late 2020s. The appeal of the gas as a readily available lower GWP solution could also then be further extended beyond the next decade in a blended form, the manufacturer has claimed.
The government has announced it will be delaying the introduction of a new process for receiving VAT payments by twelve months following concerns from the construction sector about introducing the changes.
The Women in RACHP Network has launched a survey intended to determine how the cooling sector can be made more attractive as a prospective career for women.